This time some speed training in Arena: 3.03, 3.06 – toilet break – 3.00. I wasn’t totally happy with the last one. I though I could do close to 2.55. Also some gymwork afterwards. Yesterday an easy 4K.
In Arena tonite with 1-2 min recovery: 5.21, 5.24, 5.29, 5.31, 5.24. Average c. 3.25 km. Total 11K. Although the set felt hard to do, this was better than the previous try in November (c. 3.27/km). Yesterday an ok 12K.
This week we had a bunch of -20 degree days. Simply painful to even think of running. Esport Areana? – Read Murphy’s law, it was closed all the week! As a result, I had a total of 3 days off. The rest were like 19K – 14K – 11K and 7K on icy roads.
Unbelievable. I competed today 3000m in Liikuntamylly, a nice 200m track in Myllypuro, eastern Helsinki. It went very well and I thought my previous record would be history. But now I’m reading the results and I stopped the clock 1/100 secs behind! Can’t believe this. I’ll never ease again like that. So Ks went in constant speed 3.07, 3.07, 3.09 easing a little in the last two laps. I know I could have done it sub-9.20 but decided not to take any extra hit. Hell with the hit! I failed, fuck it. As a sidenote, I prepared to the race by enjoying a nice set from Möttönen’s collection of single malts in the previous night. It ended in a karaoke bar…
The whole visit to Liikuntamylly was worth it. A good race, good track, and … how should I put it, a rare visit to the “East”. It is bohemian, hippie, colorful, poor and they talk “stadin slangi”, the street language creatively mixing Swedish and Finnish. From political perspective, East is red and West is blue. It’s really different to the extent there are differences in Finland.
Back to training notes. The week had a total of 3 days off. Thursday 18K, fri and sat off – today the race + warm-up + nite 9K means a total of just 52K.
The week ended with a 6K, 8K and 18K totalling c. 68K. This week two times 10K means the month total was pretty much exactly 300K. I’ve had to take a few days off first because of the hard one in Arena and then because of getting cold. The good thing is my legs feel good again. Ready to be kicked for some serious mileage.