Robert Song's Running

I'm over 50 and been running off and on since 1968. I have run everything from 800m to 10k on the track, to half marathons (PB 1:21 Brisbane 1993) and marathons (PB 2:53 Gold Coast 1985).

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cactus Flowers

BRRC 5k Champs 21:05 (2nd in M55-59)

I know it has been too long since I made a post to this blog. But the running has been very disappointing since my last entry and I have just not had the mojo to report on such going ons. I have been doing 40 -50 k a week but in terms of my RS Index (avg pace x avg heart rate) it has been a steady decline. Now this is quite disturbing. In the six years that I have been collecting my Heart Rate data I have never had a period when I have trained consistently and for that Index to show a steady decline. Basically since September my Heart Rate is around 15 beats/sec higher on a run than what I would expect and is steadily getting higher. This has been a major worry for me as it has been coupled with poor sleep and intestinal discomfort. My doctor is investigating varies theories. My recent CT scan showed no indications that my lymphoma has come back, so that is a relief but still the doctors have no real answer for what is going on.

On top of this I have had a right hamstring niggle that has stayed at about 95% recovered for the last month. As long as I didn't try to push past 4:45 pace it wouldn't trouble me on a run but I would feel it a little when I cooled down. In the last week this seems to have been better and after the run this morning I would say I am at 99% with that.
This mornings 5k was the first time in a couple of months I have pushed it at all and I was quite surprised to be able to run 21:05. I can certainly verify that I pushed it to my limit as I hit my  Max Hr of 187 in the last K. The most important thing though was that I was able to achieve my goal that I set at the start of the year to run all seven BRRC Championship events in 2010.  When I set that I had no idea if I would be able to achieve it and in reality I should be very thankful that I was able to do it.

In just over a weeks time I am having an operation to remove a skin cancer from my nose. I am not supposed to exercise for a week after this so will be having a short break from running. After that I will have to have a long think about what my next goals will be for 2011.

In the last few weeks one of my cacti has been flowering profusely. I have had this cactus for almost thirty years and I can't remember the last time it flowered.  It gives me hope that when all seems barren and prickly that there is always hope that something beautiful is capable of emerging.


  • At Sun. Nov. 28, 09:24:00 pm AEST, Blogger TokyoRacer said…

    You've been waiting for a cactus to bloom for 30 years! Well, you sure don't lack perseverance, so keep at it and I'm sure your running will start to improve again.

  • At Mon. Nov. 29, 11:43:00 pm AEST, Blogger Scott Brown said…

    Nice analogy Robert Song! Yes, I've been waiting for new from you and it isn't all bad.

    Hang in there, hopefully this will all settle itself down. Just take comfort it the fact that your still able to reach you goals.

    Again, that flower has to be a sign or you should indeed take it as one.

    Keep up the posts.

  • At Tue. Nov. 30, 04:47:00 pm AEST, Blogger Ewen said…

    I hope it doesn't take 30 years for me to run a 20-minute 5k ;)

    That's odd about the rising RS number. I've experienced a similar thing this year (since 6'), but I put it down to a stressful 6' race, having not trained for it, poor recovery, low mileage, then a very serious 'cold'. Anyway, well done on the 5k - very solid time, and good luck next week and finding an answer to the high RS numbers.

  • At Sat. Dec. 25, 02:04:00 am AEST, Blogger David Sweeney said…

    Hey Robert,
    I would not get too caught up in heart rate stats! If your able to run and not in pain count it as a blessing! I loved the cactus flower! did you see my pineapple?
    Arsenal still going to challenge for the title and its Dec 25th!!


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