21C 100%humidity and cloudy
It's been a while since I have posted. Recovery was quick and relatively painless after the marathon. I had a decent 5k 6 days later (got some nice New Balance swag for my efforts).
All was going well. By week 2 we were turning up the volume heading into 90-100mile week territory to set me up for my 50 and 100k races. On June 5th I was planning a relatively decent time in the Zelenograd Half. Well that's when the sh!t hit the fan. The race was Sunday and on Thursday I got back after a 25k run and made myself a mountain of pasta...with Heinz meatless sauce. It was a new jar I had just opened. In the morning I had oatmeal before my run-that was all else I ate that day. Well, by late evening I was paying homage to the Great White Porcleain Goddess. I pretty much spent the night in the toilet vomiting and with diarrhea-major major suck. Friday- I was holed up in bed all day ditto for Saturday. Saturday evening I attempted to get some solid food down and all I could get in was 8 little potato and cheese varenniki. I was already down nearly 5kg- not good I don't have the extra weight to ditch like that. Sunday, I foolishly attempted the half and came up with a career worst. My stomach would not finally settle until Tuesday-5 days after the food posioning. This whole incident really pisses me off. One of the reasons I cook at home as much as possible esp before races is to prevent this crap from happening. The problem is simple:1. The grocery stores as of late have been hiring filthy migrant workers who have no clue about hygeine-yeah they stick their filthy paws we all know where and then shelve our food. This has even been in the news and reported-filthy b@stards. 2. We have problems with b@stards faking expiration dates which is what I suspect happened with the spaghetti sauce. So,no ,you can't even trust what you buy in the bloody store! I would personally like to beat both categories of filthy b@stards to a bloody pulp. So 5kg gone and some sh!tty training to follow.
A week later I did have a very good mile at the Kremlin Mile-sdespite the 100mile week. I started getting my strength back and last week topped out at 168km and Coach and I had agreed I run the Luzhniki Half as a final tempo run before the 50K World Cup 8 days later. I was tasked with running 50Kpace( assuming I get good weather at said 50) which meant about a 1:40 half but I was NOT to run faster than 1;35. it was supposed to be my I Don't Care Race. I screwed that up by a good 10 min and ended up 4th in the half. I ran even splits the whole way just picked it up about 40sec in the second half but ran about 85%effort. I seriously hope I did NOT screw myself for next weekend. This is what really needs to count. I get to drop the mileage and go really really easy all week. ice baths,horse doses of glutamine, amino acids, actovegin, massage,sleep, stretching....are all on the menu now. There is a tough lady from Lithuania running next week and I need to be fresh to even have a chance so REST is the goal now.