This marathon training really is tiring, huh?
the point where I'm kind of tired of being tired all the time. Tired of
waking up achy and sore. So it's a good thing it is cutback week.
plan for last week was another 40 mile week capped off with a long
17-miler on Sunday. But then I went and did hard speed sessions Tuesday,
Wednesday and Saturday. So by Sunday my mojo stayed in bed long after I
got up. I was tired and sore and thought about skipping the run. But
after some coffee and Captain Crunch I felt more human, and, really,
what else was I going to do anyway, so I put on the shorts and shoes and
decided to at least get some miles in. I grabbed two GUs, just in case I
had 17 in me, and headed out.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. First let me tell you about Saturday.
my speedy track group had a little 10K "race" that has been an annual
tradition in the group for 30 years! We are supposed to predict our
times, and then we all go out at different times, with the goal of all
finishing at the same time. The first woman went out with a goal of 77
minutes, and 43 minutes later our fastest guy started, shooting for 34
minutes. Amazingly, those two finished within 5 seconds of each other!
Everybody finished within a 9 minute window, and most within 5 minutes.
There was about 30 of us.
The course was beautiful, along
the coastal cliffs of Palos Verdes. But also VERY hilly. The first mile
had a 250 foot hill, and there were more hills later. And it was hot. So
I predicted 48 minutes, and just went out with the idea of running a
started with one other guy. No one in sight ahead of us. We ran
together and it was nice to have someone to pace with. That hill was
ridiculous but I got over it without walking, although it crossed my
mind. The long downhill was nice, but miles 3-5 were tough. I slipped
behind the one guy and was just hanging on to get to the final downhill.
A few speedsters passed me, and I caught a few others. Check out these
I finished only 9 seconds off of my prediction time; which would have
won for best prediction, except there was no prize for that. Not quite
race effort, but I was working hard. Then we had a potluck brunch and I
got to know some more people better and there were silly prizes. It was
fun. HERE is a little write up from the club.
Sunday I was tired. I'd love to finish this with a surprise, oh I went
and ran 17 anyway, but, no. I was smart and listened to my body and cut
it back. However, the 8.7 miles I did run went pretty well. I didn't
bonk, even though it was hot. Finished strong and didn't exacerbate any
injuries. So, yay.
that completes Phase 1 of marathon training. Since I started running
again in January after my Plantar down time, it has been one steady
increase in mileage without a glitch. The green line shows my 8-week
average for this year. Previous peaks were for LA2012 (BQ PR) and Boston
I have a cutback week, since I will be going up to Tahoe for the
weekend to crew Mild Sauce through the Western States 100. Then next
week I have a 5K, and the following week a half marathon to taper for,
so it will be 3-4 weeks of lower mileage. Then I will crank it up again
for 6 weeks of heavy mileage before it is taper time.
Life is good.