Well, life can certainly throw the odd curve ball now and again, and in my view it is how you react to those that really maketh the man, to mix my metaphors and proverbs!
With one eye on the Ultra Trail on 28th April, 52km in the mountains, my training was peaking and then tapering in the 2 weeks before the event. I also had to fit in a trip to the UK for my Outlaw's Golden Wedding anniversary, and then a short business trip to London for 3 days, before returning home to carb load!
Monday 15th Apr, I ran 15km up to town in the country place, 7.5km out, 7.5km back, 46 mins out, 40 mins back (but it is helped by the downhill on the in lap). 125 partials, 3x chair. I had noted that my legs were a bit stiff. Anyway...I worked all day, and a short dip in the pool.
Tuesday, 20.25km with half hill sprints - it was very cold, 2hrs 09 mins. 100 partials, 3x chair. In the evening I took Mrs R and the kids to the airport, and kissed them goodbye. From then on it was just me and Dog!
Wednesday, 17th April (Mrs R's birthday) 15.2km, up to town etc. 46 mins out, 40 mins back. 125 partials, 3x chair. I worked all day with no distractions and ate left overs. Then in the evening I did 25 quick lengths of the pool as it was freezing. Spoke to Mrs R on Skype to wish her a happy birthday, and chilled by the fire.
Thursday 19th April, UB x 5 in the Country Place, worked all day and then 31 lengths of the pool.
Friday 20th April, 24.33km - beautiful sunrise (headline photo) - it was foggy at house level but I rose above it. Lovely run, and felt ok. 1hr 12 out, 1hr 05 back. 150 partials. 3x chair. Worked until midday and then went to Yorkshire via London - had a 5 hr stopover at the airport which was a bit boring, but it was ok - managed to do a little work and sampled a bit of Heathrow Sauv Blanc!
Saturday 20th Apr - lazy start to the day, with a 5 set UB with elastics. Then went to York with the kids, my parents and Mrs R, and wandered about the place. Was a nice day, lots of walking. Dinner in the evening at the outlaws, and then to the pub for a couple of local (Sam Smiths Nut Brown - yum) pints with my father in law.
Sunday, 21st, I dragged Mrs R out to the countryside for a slow 10k. It was pretty flat. 30 mins for half and 28 mins. 150 partials, 3x chair. Then we got our finery on and went to a local place for the Outlaws Golden Wedding. I was MC, so had to do lots of speaking, which seems to have been well received. The kids played a few songs, and much food (including Yorkshire pudding), merriment and wine was drunk. It was also #2's 11th birthday, so presents were opened.
Monday 22nd, a 5 set UB with elastics, and then the 5 of us got a train to London, and then I schlepped round town all day seeing customers, meeting Mrs R and the Rolfelets in the evening for a Thai meal. Race week so de-carbing began.
Tuesday 23rd, I ran 10km next to the Thames, which was lovely. I had slept ok - about 7hours or so, and did 27 mins out, 26 back, with camelback on. No squats or chair, but I did do some abdos and press ups, and walked MILES seeing customers. Then I met with the family in the evening and we had TGI Fridays. De carbing continued.
Wednesday 24th - this is where the wheels fell off. #3 had been struggling a bit with a cold and cough, as had #1, but overnight #3 had an asthma attack. We had all the stuff for it, so we just helped her at home - it wasn't bad, but it meant only 3 hours sleep, before I had to get up and run - 5.55km with CB, 15km out and 14km back. I felt rough, but persisted with my meetings, met up with Mrs R and the kids and we flew back to the Country Place arriving at midnight. Decarbing again.
Thursday 25th - I got up and ran, but hada bit of a cold. Sneezing, etc. I didn't feel too bad, just really tired. I did 5km, but it was up to town so hilly - 16mins out, 14 back, with camelback. No partials etc but I did do pressups and abdos, and re-carbed, helped by the Rolfelets who had made a load of choc chip cookies, which I enjoyed.
Friday 26th - A 5 set UB followed by carb loading, and resting. The cold seemed to have increased which made the 52km look a little uncertain for the weekend, particularly given the weather forecast - which was appalling!
So.....interesting times - ups and downs, but the fatigue and cold was not ideal ahead of the Ultra on the weekend.