Posted: 30/07/2015 at 09:14
I have had 2 different responses to the UP. 2013 left me very very flat and tired for months after (as well I picked up periostitis). Here I trained at very high volume, raced the race and collapsed at 4km to go in 32C heat.
2015 I ran 1.5 hours slower, off limited training and I think the temp got up to 26-28C or so - I also walked more, but tempo ran the last 10-11 miles to get a bronze after getting eaten by the 11:30 bus. This year I was sufficiently recovered to run again in about 2 weeks and feel no ill effects (maybe I didn't go hard enough). But, I did get a regression of the flu I had had the week before. I am training specifically for 10 km at the moment which is going well so far and also put in a very nice off-schedule 20 miler.
So I think the recovery seems to be factored on multiple thing - training volume, walking in the race, run speed in the race relative to training pace, reaction to heat on the day.