Ignore the 9/10 under Mon in the above post, it's just the date the week started.
For those of you who didn't see my post last week on the weekly MASTERS running and racing post I've copied my story below FYI:
'I need to start posting on here, a few reasons:
1. I was 'outed' inadvertently by a friend on Facebook;
2. I've been training since Jan. 1 but a recent PC & back-up HD crash means I lost my training entries, so posting here serves a similar purpose;
3. Accountability and purpose are big motivators for me.
First this week's training:
Mon 2 mile warm-up, 4x100m strides (16-14.5), 2x200 31, 30, 400 in 66., 2x1k in 3:01, 2:58, 1k the hard way in 2:56 (68,40,68), 800 in 2:21 (68,40,33 - was supposed to be a1k but felt tired at 800 so stopped), 2 mile cool down. PM physical therapy exercise set #1.
Tue 5 miles finishing up just under 6:00. PM physical therapy exercise set #2, stretching.
Wed 5 mile progressive run on treadmill at 1% grade, down to 5:13 pace. Weights. PM physical therapy exercise set #3.
Thur 7 mile run down to just under 6:00. PM PT1, stretching.
Fri 2 mile warm-up, 4x100m strides (16-14.5), 2x200 30.m, 29.h, 3x(3x300) first 200 in 35,34, & 33 with last 100m in 15, 100m jog between 300 's, 8-10 min recovery between sets. Wore spikes last 6, felt good, gear change good, last 300 in (47.09) 32.65/14.44. 1 mile cool down. PM weights, PT2.
Sat 4miles on treadmill @1% grade @ 10min pace. PT3. PM stretching.
I have stage IV Follicular non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (fnhl), typically indolent (slow growing, usually most people don't realize they have it until it is stage IV in their mid-late 60's), I'm also 2+ years remission from Hodgkin's Lymphoma (5 year mark means all clear). I take no drugs, 'watch & wait' protocol!
My treatments included Doxorubicin (Adrionycin) which is toxic to the heart and damages mitochondria, patients are only allowed 8 cycles (I had 6), plus vincristine which often causes neuropathy (my fingers turned white at the end of the 1k's this week). My red blood count has remained below normal range for 9 months now, possibly the bone marrow involvement of the fnhl or damage from doxorubicin, last measure in Aug was 4.4. Thus, I take more recovery on intervals now than in my younger days and find longer intervals the most challenging. I'd be playing basketball now except for the neuropathy, so it has been a blessing in a way because it got me back into running and the following.
I''m going to go after the over 50 age group world record. Considering my red blood counts, I'm not sure if I'm going to plateau and not be able to get much faster (currently guess high 4:30 or 4:40 shape?), so I'm approaching this more from the 800 end (speed) as opposed to the aerobic power end of things when I was younger.
I want to raise awareness for a cancer research fund I have started with some scientists, WorkOutCancer.org, plus show cancer patients that they can exercise, although I certainly don't expect them to do the intensity that I am currently doing. I have purposely kept to the mile and not longer distances. I have a compromised immune system and there is some evidence that chronic high intensity exercise might be detrimental. So the mile suits me and I enjoy doing some track work again.
I was shooting for the 5th Ave Mile but a few minor injuries have delayed my progression. Currently I am nearly over a tendon strain and am waiting for that to be 100% before I feel I can start planning a record attempt, most likely early indoors.
That sums things up fairly well. I'll post each week as I continue on towards, hopefully, a fast mile. My birthday is tomorrow, I'll be 54, I've got some 800's planned, 4 sub 2:20's would be a nice present!
If any other masters would like to get involved with me in this mile I'd sure appreciate any competition, even if I get beat, or any fundraising or marketing efforts too.
Here's too good training and health for all!