From Jan 16th,
So, things continue to go very well! I just finished a 44 mile week,
which is my highest mileage week since high school! Last year I peaked
out with a couple of 41 mile weeks and averaged 34 for the last 8 weeks
before the marathon. This year I plan to bump that up to averaging 45
for the next 8 weeks. And I want to hit 50 at least once. I think the
added mileage will make the difference to hold the bonk at bay.
my weight is down 5 pounds from last year at this time. And I plan to
race in the Kinvaras which seem to be good for 15 seconds per mile. All
systems are go!!
Sunday I planned to do 19 hilly miles in Palos Verdes; pushing my
endurance limits. I realized I was out of GU, so I decided to join our
local running store's Sunday group run which leaves at 8:15AM, and pick
up some GU there. Well, silly me did not realize that the store is not
open until 10. So I headed out with just water and only the bowl of
cereal in my belly to fuel me.
It turned out to be a good run. I
hooked up with a guy who was going to do 16, and he decided to stay with
me and we ran almost the whole way together. Relaxed pace averaged 8:55
up and down a lot of hills. By the last two miles however, my lack of
fuel finally got to me and I really crashed hard. It felt like the last
parts of a marathon where my legs were just DONE. Lesson learned. I
picked up 10 GUs at the store after the run. Still 18.2 hard miles done.
My lifetime mileage odometer went over 22,000 with this
run. Coincidentally, my 1996 Honda also just rolled over 200,000 miles
this week. I'm a proud cheapskate.
Tuesday I did 7 with the group.
Wednesday I did 9.3 miles with some hills and pushed the pace under 8 for the last 3 miles. A good hard run.
I did an easy 6 with the last 3 along the beach in the hard packed
sand. It was dark and cool and a nice change-up from my usual runs. The
coast line is maybe 150 yards from the bike path and homes, and down a
little, so you really feel isolated. All you hear are the waves crashing
and the city seems miles away. Very nice.
Friday I hit the gym for circuit training.
Saturday was 13 miles along the beach, averaged 8:31. It's nice when a half marathon is no big deal.
I capped my big week (5 runs!) with 9 miles at a half marathon at the
beach. I jogged to the 5 mile mark, watched the leaders go by, and then
started running along the course, which was the beach bike path and
roads. I was doing about 8:15 pace, so the 6 and 7 minute milers were
going by. It was a fun way to watch the race. I ran the whole last 8
miles of the course, and got to cheer our own AtomBuddy as he raced for
his NYCM qualifying time. And then at the finish, I met up with JunBlack
and Alice, and we all went out to breakfast for a LoopWest planning
meeting. 3 more weeks!
So, I am very happy with that week. Seven
more tough weeks of training before the taper, and then I'll just hope
for cool temps. The BQ is in my sights.