SC - Nausea. I suffered from Nausea when I attempted anything hard after I was injured in 2007. As I have got fitter the feelings have subsided.
Unfortunately I have no idea why. The only thing I could think of is that you and me were "memory running" i.e. we know how hard we can run but our bodies have lost too much fitness to do that, and we are pushing a bit too hard.
I ran the Sydney marathon last Sunday. I finished in 2.55 (1/2 way 1.25). It was a tough day. The weather has changed recently from cool still mornings - perfect for running, to hot and windy. If the weather was good I was in shape to run between 2.40-2.45.
It was already about 17 degrees when we started at 7.15 and it gradually got warmer, and windier. The course is also hard, especially the second half. The winner was a Kenyan, and he finished in 2.19, the second Kenyan finished in about 2.25.
I wore the wrong shoes. I opted for a very light pair of racers. I would of been better off with a pair of racer trainers to protect my feet. The road surface is rough in some places and it makes your feet very sore. My left quadricep muscles started to get very sore at about 11 miles, and it made running painful.
I was going OK until about 35k then started to find it very hard work. This is when I lost most of my time. I saw a video of me crossing the finishing line and I looked like I was race walking. More protective shoes and I would of not lost so much time.
Still, I got round and what is encouraging is that I ran 10k last Christmas in 40.15, and now I have just run a marathon in hot and windy weather on a hilly course at a similar pace as I ran the 10k, so that is pleasing, especially after the injury ravaged year of 2007.
My first run today and my quadriceps are still sore. I will have it looked at next week.
I have just finished a 5 week block of training. I am now having an easier week. Last Sunday I did an approx 30k marathon pace run. I felt tired, a bit stiff and sore Monday & I struggled to run 8 min miles whilst out and about. Better today and managed 4 x 1.5 miles reps. I normally do these on an undulating circuit round a local park, but did them on the track this eveming.
I was only running about 8.30 for them. The session was tiring but my legs still lack bounce after Sunday.
Just under 4 weeks before the marathon, so more speedwork and fine tuning. I have one more race, a 10k a week Saturday. It is the same course that I ran on in March & June, so it will be interesting to see if I have made any more progress. I hope so.
I ran a pleasing 1 hr 15 min marathon pace run Saturday. I ran at 152-153 bpm for the first 20 mins before increasing the pace to 156-157. It is supposed to be 160 but I have a bit of trouble maintaining that by myself. It was a bit windy which made it harder. My pulse only dropped to the low 150's a couple of times when I lost concentation.
I still do not feel as smooth at marathon pace as I would like. I think in a few weeks it will feel better as I start to gain the benefits of the faster speedwork. It will make the slower marathon paced work feel easier. It will also help with my cadence.
I tried to use the cyclists on the cycle paths as a goal to help me on the way. Two weeks time I will run a 1 hr 30 pace run.
Today I ran 2hrs, and did not feel too bad. The most encouraging fact was that if I completed the route I had planned I would of finished it in 1hr 51, which is 4-6 mins faster than a few months ago at the same effort..
A total of 50 miles this week, 90 for the forthcoming week. The most for a couple of years.