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.
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.
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.
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!]
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.
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.
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.