Start of Junk Distance Week
Distance: 13.95 km
Time: 76' 31"
Rate: 5' 29" per km
Weather: cloudy, cool, temp 10 degrees, humidity 75%, calm
Week: 13.95 km
July: 215.45 km
Year: 2775.7 km
One of the directives from the coach yesterday was the need to do junk kilometres. That is just base building running, every km goes into the bank to allow specific training to be done later. This rule applies whether that specific training is speed, hills, tempo etc. That solid base will prevent injuries and allow for any big increase in distance such as required for ultra distances, or in CJ's case at Trailwalker, a long day or two on the trail.
I believe most runners don't do enough simple running and try specific training all the time. Speedygeoff has on his blog recently outlined a plan for the whole year, with plenty of time just to build a base, then start priority training later. Note the runners who seem to go without getting injured. Ewen is a good example as well mixing up his training on a solid base of kms all year round.
Today, an uninspiring day weather wise, but eventually I went for a run even though it was noted as a rest day. However, the weather forecast for the week is not good, so an enforced day off can now be taken if necessary.
Home to Point Hut, along the river track to Pine Is and back home. A few kangaroos out, no beanies on their heads although they did have paws in pockets.