Friday, March 4, 2011

Burning out at the end of Monster Month

Marathon day is 16 days away (LA Marathon) so I will be wrapping up Monster Month this weekend. I have averaged close to 40 miles a week for the last 4 weeks (highest in 30 years) and it is taking its toll on my body and my psyche. I'm getting tired of the aches and pains, and I'm not getting the recovery time I'm used to. Hence I'm a little grumpy, a little depressed, kind of negative about this whole thing. In other words, I am ready for a taper!

Anyway, I knocked off some speedwork last night. 3 x 2 miles at 7:45 average. Total of 9 miles. I had done the same workout a few weeks back averaging 7:30, but this time I didn't have the motivation to push the speed that much. So I pushed it, but not as hard as I could have. The effort was lower. I just wanted to get it over with. Plus I am breaking in new shoes and they are causing new and different pains. So I'm grumpy about perhaps buying the wrong shoes, and I'm trying to decide if I should race in my old ones with over 400 miles on them, or keep working on the new ones and hope I get used to them in a few weeks.

So I'm planning on one more blitz of endurance training this weekend, with 10 miles Saturday and 16 on Sunday. Then nothing but easy shorter runs and rest.

Next week, as I taper, I think I will re-publish the Bangle Chronicles. Veterans will recall that I posted these a year ago as I built up to last year's marathon. It reviews my six previous marathons. It kind of helps motivate me. Plus I'm a narcissist and I like the attention.


  1. Looking forward to the Chronicles.

  2. Are the shoes the same models? If not...go get a new pair of what's been working. I bet that it's just the build up that's causing it and not the shoes. A good taper should help.
    Hoping the best for you!