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Always complete the session

Posted by thepeteplan on March 29, 2011

The second core session of week 5 in the 5k training group were some 1250m reps for a change. I shifted my week forward by a day this week such that I could do the second core session prior to the weights session I do once a week. I then spent about 4 hours yesterday digging, and axing, a large tree stump out of the ground. This was tiring work, and left me as musularly drained for core session 2 as I have been the past few weeks! The session felt hard from the first rep, and after the second rep I considered for a second quitting the session and starting it again tomorrow after a rest. This option was quickly dismissed and I finished the session just taking it one rep at a time.

5 x 1250m / 4min rest:
4:11.8 / 1:40.7 / 29
4:12.3 / 1:40.9 / 29
4:12.1 / 1:40.8 / 30
4:12.1 / 1:40.8 / 29
4:09.6 / 1:39.8 / 30

20:57.9 / 6250m / 1:40.6 / 29

The sessions actually got marginally more comfortable through reps 3 and 4 than it felt in reps 1 and 2. This often happens when you start a session with some level of fatigue, and is a good lesson that once you start a session you’re best to finish it, because you may actually have more left than your brain is telling you early in the session. Of course a big part of this stems from inadequate warm up. When you’re tired before a session you just want to get it done. I did 2000m of warm up today, but not very intense, and not feeling fully warmed up at the end. Had I warmed up for longer perhaps the earlier reps would have felt easier, and the thoughts of stopping the session early would never have surfaced?

Still, the session was completed, and completed pretty well, so it’s another tick on the sheet and another step towards the 5k goal in 7 weeks time.

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