It's a bump in the road.
It's a rude awakening.
It's a slap in the face.
It's a real eye-opener.
(These seem to go together, though I've never been awakened that way.)
It was a rough week for me in training. I missed a day for the first time in 9 weeks, I cut two runs very short and I ran slower every day than I wanted.
It was to be expected really. The previous week had some very good runs, perhaps because they were indoors, and they were leaving me feeling tired and sore.
So... I'm back to 20:18 for a 5K, from last week's 19:31. I'm not happy about this, but "it is what it is." (I'm tempted to say "but I gave it 110%")
The question is where I'm headed. There's three common mathematical models that might apply, one logarithmic (which says I won't break 18:30 all year), one sigmoidal (the math of which has me trying to solve a cubic equation... and I quit... but it's the most optimistic) and one I believe is called Blackwood's (a straight line at this point, which has me improving, but not knowing when improvement stops).
I've been planning a post on what various diets say about training methods. I think I've got some good stuff, but it just isn't coming together.
This needs entertainment value, so here's the Nicholas Brothers:
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