Olympic Training Log April 30-May 6: No More Running

No big story this week: I will be posting a long article about George Gluppe later. Next week I’ll try to get back to the Olympic preparation stories, and I suspect my next post might have a title like “Cross Training SUCKS.”

So here I was on April 30, 1988. In exactly five months the 10,000m final would take place in Seoul—whether I was there or not. I had just completed the best “6 x mile” workout of my life. When you read the times in the log below, remember that my 4½ laps on this odd track took me perhaps 13 seconds longer than a “real” mile. And it was a gravel track.

But the workout was the final blow to my severe heel bursitis, and now I would be forced to stop running completely for an indeterminate length of time.

 April 30, 1988

AM: Did track workout with Paul. Jogged to track, did 4 laps more warmup, 4 strides. 6 x 4½ laps with 2 min rest. Worked very hard, did best times ever: 5:19, 5:20, 5:21, 5:22, 5:24, 5:23. 6 x 100m after. 8½ miles. Jogged home. Workout ruined heel—was hurting a bit during workout and became far more sore that it’s ever been after.

May 1

AM: Rode bike about 2½ hours including 12 loops around lake. Quads tired but it’s not nearly as hard as running. Heel terrible—every step painful to walk. On anti-inflammatories.

May 2

AM: Swim 50 lneths 37:10 in spite of crowded pool.

AM-2: Weights—“pull-strength-endurance” plus hyperextensions, leg press on Universal, abdominals on Universal, 3 leg exercises with bar. Worked hard 64 min.

May 3

Nothing—went to Cologne with Marj & Benji. [One of my best friends and teammates from home was visiting us during a European holiday. She was seven months pregnant and travelling with her two-year-old son!]

May 4

AM: Swim 50 lengths 37:05—pool crowded.

PM: Weights—“push-strength” plus backward leg extension, hypers, hamstring curl on bad machine, situps, side leg-raises. Worked hard 68 min.

May 5

AM: Rode bike almost 2 hrs including 4x up and down road in forest—worked quite hard.

PM: Rode stationary bike at California Gym. 20 min continuous, then 5 min plus 3 sets hamstring curls. Got pulse way up.

May 6

AM: Swim 50 lengths 37:40—pool very crowded.

AM-2: Weights—“pull-endurance” at California Gym. Enjoyed workout—added a couple new exercises, also did squats, cleans, hamstring curl & extension on machine, abdominals on Universal. 67 min followed by 12 min on bike.

This week: 8½ miles running, 2 bike workouts, 37 min stationary bike, 3 weight workouts, 3 swim workouts.

George and Nancy with tablet

George and I on my birthday in 2011. With characteristic generosity, George took me out for breakfast after our gym workout and presented me with a tablet computer.

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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