Posted: 15/06/2016 at 04:13
Edinburgh was a bit odd. was going fine at 7mm till halfway, then I noticed it was feeling harder than it really should've done and felt that target wasn't on so slowed to 7:15 (how I'd run last autumn). A few miles on it was clear something was askew. The fatigue and cramp really kicked in and I felt a little queasy. Slowed right down and took walk breaks later on, focused on just getting round. I wasn't injured so i wanted to avoid a DNF at least.
Finished 3:38 but the time wasn't relevant by then.
I wonder if I had one of those wierd colds that don't wipe you out but do stick around and annoy you. Certainly my kids had been ill. Also I suspect there were some mistakes in carb loading- I felt a bit sick and heady on the last day.
I had some GI issues for the week after the race but that's well out of the way now. resting HR this morning is 39 where it should be. I'm just fining that hr at steady or easy paces is that 10bpm or so higher than usual. I seems to be edging back to where it should be though. Haven't done any faster stuff yet though I'll probably chuck in a few strides this week. I was running 50mpw but and tapering and at about 50% volume at the moment.
One of of those 'live and learn' things I guess. Last autumn I held 7:15mm and finished thinking could've pushed a little more. No soreness and I wanted to run again only a few days later. This time round I think it's a good month before I really want to step it up again.