Sunday, 14 December 2008

The Joker

.............. in the family on spotting my blog has set up an alternative site to chart his comedy career and has promised to post every time that I do - so it should be fun.
While all the indications from Tuesdays MAF test are very positive it really only indicates how low my normal aerobic pace had fallen to after the marathon and how long it took to get back on track - I obviously needed the rest and recuperation and as long as I was patient my body would tell me when it was ready for a more challenging pace.
Another "barefoot" run on Wednesday over 8.5+ miles went without a hitch and while the pace was easy the average HR at 126 was a welcome surprise. With the week that was in it (well really I was too lazy to get up early enough) I only managed another 8.5 miles (with full cushioning this time) before Saturday mornings long run over 02:15. I've still a long way to go to get my endurance back as my legs felt heavy and achy over the last few miles - plenty of time.
Another rest day today saw me complete conditioning week 4 with 54.55 miles in the bag (swim - 1,500 sluggish meters this morning, bike - zero)
Wed 10th Dec
8.72 miles in 01:13:05 (08:23 pace @ 126HR) - barefoot
Sleep: 7 hrs 7/10
Legs: 7.5/10
Fri 12th Dec
8.58 miles in 01:08:50 (08:01 pace @ 135 HR)
Sleep: 8 hrs 7.5/10
Legs 7.5/10
Sat 13th Dec
16.58 miles in 02:15:00 (08:09 pace @ 139 HR)
Sleep: 7.5hrs 7/10
Legs: 6.5/10


  1. I don't know how you do it running barefoot for that long. If I tried that once I'd be unable to run again for at least a year.

    I take it your feet are great shock absorbers? Mine are horrible - don't need much/any support but, I gotta have lots-o-cushioning!

    Maybe you can do a barefoot marathon at some point :)

  2. I'm with mike on the cushioning- NB 1062s all the way.

    Strollo Run is a good laugh!

  3. I did see a 'strange' chap running the Melbourne Marathon in flip flops, so it can be done!

    Good going with the 'barefoot' running.