The week started with a medicore interval session. Did a few 800s and only managed to do them in 3:05-3:10. Considering that during marathon training, I did 8x800m in 3:00 average with 60sec recovery, I should find the 800s in 3:05-3:10 to be easy but they were not. My 200s were also slow at around 44secs (3:40 pace), compared to my usual 40-42secs. I am not a speedster type but these are disappointing even according to my standards. I had a 5.6k race planned on Thursday so things were not looking good!
On Thursday, I participated in the 5.6k JP Morgan Challenge together with my work colleagues and 11,000 other runners from Singapore corporate world. Completed the race in 21:20 or about 19:00 5k pace. Considering my 5k PB was 18:45 and the fact that I am not training well at the moment, the results were not too shabby on the surface. However, after some reflections, I think I should have blasted my 5k PB easily considering that it was done 4 years ago and all my training paces are much faster now than back then. During this 4 year window, I have also slashed my marathon PB by 15 minutes but my 5k times remained the same even after doing a lot of interval training under SW. Hmm, even when my training sucks at the moment, I know that I should have been capable of better timing.
And now, the blow....On Friday, I was watching telly and was munching on this Asian snack (cuttlefish jerky) and sipped a glass of wine. As the jerky was probably processed using a lot of acidic stuff/chemicals and combined with the sourness of merlot, I had this acid flux in my body. For the whole weekend, I was suffering from frequent severe heartburn. Had difficulty in sleeping as lying down made it worse. Took me the whole 2 days to shake out the damn thing and even now, I still had the burnt here and there albeit at low levels.
I think I need to see a witch to remove me from the bad jinx and to un-needle the voodoo doll !!!
Above: Start area of JP Morgan Race in Singapore CBD
Below: That's me at the start, a guy in BP green tee & pink racer :)