Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Another Marathon.... you bet!

I had to make the decision quick because if I sat down and thought about it and let reasoning take over, I'd probably talk myself out of it. I've decided to run another marathon 4-1/2 weeks from today. The Ohio River Road Runners Club Marathon in Xenia, OH. It's been a week and a half since I ran my other marathon and I actually feel great right now. I have run almost 66 miles in 8 days. Todays workout convinced me to make the commitment. I ran 7 miles today with the middle 3 ran at tempo, 6:18/m, and felt as if I could have went under 6:00 for all of those. I think I'm pretty much 100% recovered from the marathon. I have a 15-18 mile run scheduled for this Sunday that will either seal the deal or put the nails in the coffin on this one. As I was running today, I kept remembering some lines from the Forrest Gump movie,

I ran clear to the ocean,and when I got there, I figured since I'd gone this far,might as well turn around, just keep on going.

And when I got to another ocean, I figured since I'd gone this far, I might as well just turn back and keep right on going.

When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to know... I went

Well, I've hit one ocean and am ready to turn back and go for the other one. I have to have confidence in my ability, and at the same time be tough enough to follow through. If you have no confidence in yourself, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, I have won even before starting.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Training Log 2/18-2/24

Monday - off
Tuesday - off
Wednesday - 3.5m, legs felt ok this monring so I hopped on the treadmill at lunch. Leg's still a bit sore but was able to get throuhg the run ok.
Thursday - 6m, Felt great today.
Friday - am)6m, off from work today so ran in the morning. pm) ran the same course as this morning, picked it up at mile 4 to see what I could run (6:15) other than that mile the run was very easy.
Saturday - am)10.4m, pm)4m
Sunday - 10m, ran with Jon out at Foster Park. Once you got out of the park, the path's were pretty snowy and slippery so it was slow going to the turnaround.

Weekly Total - 45.4

Normaly I would have taken this whole week off and recuperated from the marathon. I felt ok mid-week so why not start back up again? I have the motivation right now and don't want to lose the momentum of some consistant training. I'll wait until the end of next week before I decide whether or not to run a March 30th marathon. I feel compelled to get that 3:10 or better under my belt before I give up and start training for the shorter stuff.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Marathon Theory

Well, it's been a couple days and I'm already trying to theorize why my marathon didn't pan out like I wanted. The only reason I can fathom is this... the treadmill! I know it's a stretch, but in preparing for this marathon in Indiana with subzero temp's and unfavorable weather, the majority of all my run's since probably November have been on a treadmill with the exception of my long Sunday run's with Jon and company that were run outside. Could this be why my calves started locking up around mile 20? Maybe... I followed the marathon plan that Greg McMillan sent me almost to the letter. Using the marathon calculator he has and the most recent 5k race I did, my time should have been closer to 3:00. I get the same results using Daniels VDOT table as well. Things like this just frustrate me because I know I should have been able to run closer to my goal time. So what to do? Sign up for another marathon, right? Well.... I have another marathon on March 30th in Xenia,OH that I'm looking at right now. I'll see how my body recovers in these next couple of weeks and make a call then.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Training Log 2/11 - 2/17

Monday - 4m
Tuesday - 5.5m, 2m warm-up then 8 x 25s strides w/1' rec. jog between each, warm-down to 5.5 miles..
Wednesday - 6m, 10 min. warm-up then 3 x 4' at 6:35/m pace w/2' rec. jog between each then 3 x 40s at 5:56/m pace w/1' rec, jog between each, warm-down to 6 miles..
Thursday - 4m
Friday - rest
Saturday - 2m, cruised 2 loops of marathon course.
Sunday - 26.2m Last Chance For Boston Marathon 3:23:52

Weekly Total - 47.7

Well, what can I say except I qualified for Boston. It rained all night Saturday and Sunday morning. I had a good dinner last night and a good breakfast at 5:00am of a bagel and a banana all the while getting in plenty of water and gatorade. About 5 minutes before the start the rain stopped and was clear for the entire race. The temp. to start the race was around 43, so the weather was perfect. The marathoners started .2m behind the finish line so the first mile split was 1.2 miles. The race strategy was going as planned, 1st mile was a little slow, 7:28, but I had to deal with a lot of people and didn't want to blast out of the gate. Mile's 2-18 were as follows, 7:09, 7:08, 7:06, 7:03, 7:10, 7:05, 7:12, 7:08, 7:07, 7:18, 7:07, 7:12, 7:02, 7:12, 7:11, 7:15, 7:28, then my calves started to tighten up and lock-up on me.. I walked for about a hundred yards and that seemed to help a bit. I had taken a Gu at miles 5, 10 and 15. I decided to go into damage control, I knew I had a built up a good cushion in order to qualify, so I told myself to keep moving. Miles 19-23, 7:35, 7:55(another GU), 9:30, 8:58, 9:13, I began to make the calculations in my head. Mile 24, 9:00 (3:02:49 at this point) so I have 27 minutes to run 2 miles, I can almost walk 2 miles in that time but decided to keep running as much as I can. Mile 25, 10:10... 1 more to go, Mile 26, 10:53 and a 3:23:52 marathon.. 7 minutes to spare.. Too close.. Not sure what happened, I had run four 20 milers in prep for this and never had the calf issue before, of course I wasn't averaging 7:05 miles either. I thought I really could pull off a 3:10. Oh well, back to the drawing board. The legs are a bit sore today, but I plan on trying to run a few miles tomorrow, Wednesday at the latest. I want to get right back into the swing of things by next week. I'm seriously considering running another marathon on March 30th, 6 weeks from now. I still want that 3:10 or better. I think I'll try substituting my Thursday stamina workouts with a strength building workout, either steady state runs or some hill workouts. I believe I have the stamina but lack a bit of leg strength.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Valentines Day can Bite me!

There's no doubt about it. Valentine's Day sucks. What a bunch of trite trash it is. Everyone runs around frothing, proclaiming their love and pledging their eternal allegiance to one another. It makes me sick. If someone truly cared about you, I think you'd hear it more often than once a year, presented with a heart shaped cardboard box picked up from CVS filled with cheap chocolates made with oils and lard and a card picked up for $2.95. This will supposedly cover all wrongs and faults in the relationship with one fell swoop, leaving the giver allieved of all sins committed within the past year. Don't get me wrong. I'm not a single young man bent on giving grief to everyone else who is dating. I'm a stark realist. I want someone to tell me if I'm loved of their own volition, not because some fabricated greeting card holiday sponsored by Hallmark compels them.
When was the last time you wanted someone to feel they are forcibly handing you a gift? Was it just before or after you put on your "Will Dance For Love" sign? I kid you not, this past week at work, the latest memo down the pike was "Nothing says 'Love' like an attractive cash/wrap!" What garbage is this? Someone made this up, and they were being serious about it.
I was wandering through the mall the other day, taking notice of all the sad attempts to attract more business from a day that should never be considered a holiday by the farthest stretches of imagination in outer space. Brookstone, which sells overpriced shoe horns, has dangling hearts in their windows. I was especially pleased by the Valentines decor in the cigar store selling Slim Jims.
Another thing about this horrid day is that people start anticipating it soon after New Year's. Once SuperBowl Sunday has passed, you know that for the next month or so, all you're going to hear about is this day in which Cupid, the fat, miniature angel wearing nothing but a loincloth, has pierced someone's heart with his little Arrow O' Luv. Spare me.
Even in many years past, when I was single and had a girlfriend on Valentine's Day, I thought it was overrated and far over-hyped.
Getting a gift from your significant other on Valentine's Day almost seems dumb. If it weren't a holy day of obligation for anyone within a 50-mile radius of a fuzzy stuffed heart to run out and purchase it for their beloved, I might view it differently. I mean, everyone loves getting gifts. But it's getting a gift that really, really means something that touches the heart. More often than not, the gift that you get on this day of sick public displays of affection are nothing more than a little something to say you've upheld your end of the bargain and have fulfilled your duties.
Now, on Valentine's Day 31 years ago, my mother and father gave each other their vows and the wedding rings which they still wear. Give me a gift of love that will last my lifetime.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Training Log 2/4 - 2/10

Monday - 6m
Tuesday - 6.5m, 15 min. warm-up then 10 x 1' at 5:56/m w/1' rec. jog between each, warm-down to 6.5 miles..
Wednesday - 5.27 miles
Thursday - 8.2 miles, 2m warm-up then 3 x 8' at 6:35/m pace w/2:30 rec. jog between each, then 3 x 30s w/1' rec. jog between each, warm-down to 8.2 miles..
Friday - 5m
Saturday - 4m
Sunday - 12m, 6 miles easy, last 6 at marathon goal pace.. legs feel great!

Weekly Total - 46.97 miles

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Tapering... AHHHHH!!

9 days to go.... The culmination of basicly 12 months of training will all be over by noon on Sunday, February 17th. People keep asking me if I'm ready and, and yes, I am. I'm ready. Let's go already!!! Like any good Virgo, I've planned ahead and am completely organized.
I've printed out my maps, confirmed my registration at the hotel and in the race, I've got my clothes picked out for whatever race day weather situation holds for me.

I've got a Plan A -- start running 7:10's, at the half take it down to 7:05's after 20 to 7:00 and hold on for dear life... qualify for Boston.

I've got a Plan B -- start running 7:10's, at the half back down to 7:25's after 20 to 7:35 and hold on for dear life, qualify for Boston.

I've got a Plan C -- start running, hold on for dear life, qualify for Boston.

There seems to be a theme in there somewhere..

Whatever happens, I know this — No matter when I cross that line (and I will cross that line this time barring injury or extreme weather) I will have won. I've paid my dues for this one, logging more 20 milers than I have for any other of the 23 marathons I've done. Although it won't be the fastest or the most satisfying of races.. It should be one I can finish strong and not struggle once I get past 20 miles..

I'll blog the results Sunday night if I have any energy left after the 3 hour drive home...

Monday, February 4, 2008

Training Log 1/28 - 2/3

Monday - 6m
Tuesday - 6m, 2m warm-up then 10 x 20s' at 5:56/m pace w/1' recovery jog between each, warm-down to 6 miles..
Wednesday - 8m
Thursday - 6.5m, 2m warm-up then 8 x 2' 5:56/m pace w/1' recovery jog between each, warm-down to 6.5 miles...
Friday - 8.1m
Saturday - 7.5m
Sunday - 16m, Good endurance run with Jed, Sam Bird and Mike Henry.. Mike ran 12 with me, then I tacked on another 4. 10 miles in 1:25:09, last 6 in 44:00 (7:19/m pace). Roads were snow covered which affected pace a little bit. I wanted to run the last 6 in 42:00 but still happy with the run as a whole. Contacted my coach for any last minute advice with the taper. He say's all is looking good.

Weekly Total - 58.1 miles