My legs have been cooperating (some what) since Monday. Unfortunately, now I am trying to continue training while running at altitudes I am not accustomed to. I have spent most days feeling pretty dehydrated and have finished most of my runs completely destroyed.
Everyone adjusts to changes in altitude differently, and I do not handle it well. Most of the time running my legs feel heavy and sluggish. I shuffle through most runs...amazed if I find myself hovering around 7:00min per miles. Most days I have just forgot the garmin and just run for time.
As for workout paces, they have needed to be adjusted. Houston and I discussed that the conversion was probably 10 seconds per mile, which is fine...on the flats. Most hills I feel myself gasping for air and barely being able to come within 30 seconds of goal pace. For those of you that follow training, my not-so-exciting log is below.
Monday: short jog, travel all day
Tuesday: 75 minutes in Edmonton (starting to get my legs back)
Wednesday: 62 minutes, hilly (Athabasca, dehydrated, tired)
Thursday: 84 minutes w/ 20 min @ progressive tempo 5:50-6:20 pace (chest cramp, had to stop to stretch it out for a few seconds) + 8X30 seconds hard (Athabasca)
Friday: 90 minutes w/ 4 X5min @ marathon pace w/ 90 sec jogs (6:15ish) after an hour (Edmonton)