Training from today’s date in 1983
Introduction to this page
I’ve kept training diaries since April 1979. I haven’t missed a day of recording my workouts since that time. I have a collection of about 25 little notebooks containing all these brief entries. I’m astonished now at the workouts I was able to do when I was young.
I’ve found these diaries to be a helpful training and racing tool over the years. My times on familiar workouts allow me to predict the race pace I should be able to handle. In addition, looking back over workouts of previous months allows me to see patterns that might explain particularly good or poor performances, or possible causes of injury.
1983 was the year I burst onto the North American road racing scene by making a huge improvement in my 10K time, lowering it from the low 34’s of the previous year to 32:20 on the road and 32:23 on the track, which was a Canadian record at that time. For that reason, I decided to start this “Training Log” page with entries from 1983. I didn’t know what I would find for today’s date, but when I located the right little notebook, August 21 proved to be a great date to begin with: in 1983, that was the day of the Falmouth Road Race!
From 1983 Training Log
August 21, 1983
Falmouth Road Race–came 2nd, 26 secs behind Joan Benoit. 36:47 for 7.1 miles. Felt really good during most of race, really “floating”. Should have maybe tried to stay with Joan longer. 11 miles counting warmup, warmdown. Felt good after race.
August 22, 1983
AM: Ran about 6 miles moderate pace in Falmouth–legs tired but not too bad.
PM: Weights at home–lots of leg exercises–45 min.
August 23, 1983
AM: Did 5 mile course with Dave–30:49. Tried to stay relaxed, but last part with hills very tough.
PM: Club workout Earl Bales. 30 min warmup, quite hard, with Anne Marie. 2 x bottom circuit + ski hills. 1000, 800, 600, 400, 200 intervals on bottom. Once more up hill + short warmdown. 9.5 miles.
AM: Ran 6.5 miles moderate pace, most on roads. Didn’t feel too bad for a “morning after”!
PM: Weights–3 complete sets including vertical jumps, 2 sets hyperextensions.
AM: Fast 4 miles 23:01. Knee hurting badly during stretching and during & after run. Iced thoroughly.
PM: Track workout at York. 3 mile easy warmup + 50m strides.
Ladder workout, 90-120 sec. rest between intervals. 400m 70, 800m 2:28, 1200m 3:46, 1600m 5:06.
Mile really exhausting–2:30 for last 800m–Anne Marie right with me. Took 5 min. break. 1200m 3:45, 800m 2:22, 400m 65–amazing times! Pushed really hard. 1 mile warmdown. 8 miles. Knee just hurt a bit near end–got treatment.
PM: Did very thorough weight workout at G. S. [my old high school] 3 sets + vertical jumps, hyperextensions, front & back squats. 55 min. I set bounding to loosen up. Knee okay.
AM: Ran 7.5 miles near house & on golf course. Knee very bad after 1 mile–sharp pains off and on. Iced thoroughly. Later did some 100m strides & sprints at track.
AM: Marathon training on Dave’s woods course. Ran for 1hur54 min–second hour fairly hard. Legs OK, knee no pain at all! But turned ankle badly again, turned again later in day–very sore & stiff. About 15.5 miles.
AM: Rode bike to G.S. Did 4 sets stationary bike, medicine ball throws & situps, hyperextensions on bench. Ankle improving, can’t run yet.
PM: Weights–3 complete sets. No jumps, extra squats.
AM: Track workout at York. 3.5 mile warmup. 2 x 1000m, 2 x 800m, 2 x 600m with 90 sec recovery. Quite slow–raining and ankle felt stiff. 6 x 120m–not flat-out, good form. I mile warmdown. Felt good after workout. 8 miles.
Nothing–exhausted from trip [to Knarvik, Norway for a special IAAF World 10,000m race for women, since it wasn’t yet part of the World Championships, held in Helsinki that year].
AM: Ran 2.5 miles at Knarvik track with Eleanor Simonsick. 8 x 200m striding fast with 200m jog rest. Ran back to hotel on hilly roads. 6 miles.
AM: Ran 2.5 miles easy near hotel–didn’t want to do more because of hills.
PM: Jogged, walked and did some easy striding–about 2 miles running.
Big race–came 4th in 32:23.04. [This was a Canadian record at the time.] Stayed with leaders (Cunha, Teske, Rasmussen) almost 17 laps, then fell back. Pace felt OK, fatigue really hit at end but I could sprint last lap–could have gone a little faster but no one near. Jogged back to hotel with American girls. 11 miles counting warmup, warmdown.
AM: Ran 1 hr easy with Eleanor, then 13 min more myself at good pace. Felt fairly good except calves very sore. Weather miserable–cold and raining. About 10 miles.
AM: Ran 62 min on mountain roads in Oslo–very painful on calves because all up and down–no flat at all. Did 6 x 100m on path near hotel. 8.5 miles. Finished with 3 sets 50 situps, 20 pushups.
AM: Ran 66 min on mountain roads–pushed hard on uphills but calves still in terrible pain on downhills. 9 miles.