Prepping for European Cross-Country: Olympic Training Log Jan. 16-Jan 22

title of cross-country meet

I was training for this race

Sorry, no stories with this week’s Training Log. The European cross-country season was coming up, and I was trying to put in some hard workouts in spite of my heel bursitis. I’ll write more about the cross-country races in future posts.

January 16, 1988

AM: Jogged to track—heel hurting. 1 mile warmup, 3 x 100m strides. Foot warmed up. 6 x 4½ laps with 2 min recovery—1st 3 with Paul, then myself because he was hurt. Times 5:23, 5:22, 5:20, 5:23, 5:24, 5:22. 4 x 100m fast. 2 x 200m. Walk-jogged home. 8½ miles. Good times because track muddy.

PM: Easy weights at club 20 min.

January 17, 1988

AM: Biked 2hr15 min. Couldn’t push too hard because legs very tired from yesterday. Included 6 circuits around lake.

January 18, 1988

AM: Swim 50 lengths 40:50! Terrible!—but pool very crowded, both adults and kids. Felt good!

AM-2: Weights—”push-strength” plus situps, hyperextensions, Universal backwards leg push, leg extension. Worked hard 64 min. Heel a bit better.

January 19, 1988

AM: Ran 45 min at moderately fast pace through forest near Von Karman. Did 10 x 500m on path with 1 min rest, slight uphill. Times 1:51 (up), 1:41 (down), 1:49, 1:40, 1:47, ?, 1:48, 1:41, 1:48, 1:42. Ran back to Von Karman. 11½ miles. Tough workout. Foot not too sore—barely felt it in warmup & workout but sore again after.

PM: Rode bike to track, did 2 20-min rides (22 laps each, times 20:06, 20:10). Followed by 6 x 100m strides—legs could hardly move on first one. Heel a bit tender but not bad.

January 20, 1988

AM: Swim 50 lengths 39:00. Felt good.

AM-2: Weights—”pull-endurance” plus hamstring curls, leg extension, side leg raises, snatch, easy squats, abdominals on Universal. Tired today, heel quite sore. 69 min.

January 21, 1988

AM: Did 10-mile run by myself at Von Karman. Felt sluggish and tired right from start—time 65:37 even though pushed hard last 10 min.

PM: Rode bike to track, rode a few laps, forced to stop by teacher. [“C’est une piste pour courir!”] Ran 1½ miles at moderate pace. Then did 10x run 200m, jog 200m. Relaxed speed—felt good but foot quite sore. 4 miles.

January 22, 1988

AM: Swim 50 lengths 39:47.

AM-2: Weights—”push-endurance” plus hamstring curls and extension, back leg extension on Universal, situps, hyperextensions. 70 min. Felt quite good. Foot not too bad.

This week: 34½ miles running, 2 bike workouts, 3 weight workouts, 3 swim workouts.

About nancytinarirunswrites

I used to be known as a competitive runner, but now I have a new life as a professional writer and editor. I'm even more obsessive about reading, writing, and editing than I was about running. Running has had a huge influence on my life, though, and runner's high does fuel creativity. Maybe that's why this blog evolved into being 95% about running, but through blogging I'm also learning about writing and online communication. I'm fascinated by how the Internet has changed work, learning, and relationships. I love to connect in new and random ways!
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