I got 99 problems but the bitch mileage ain’t one (more on that later)
Haha. So as soon as I type “it’s Friday and my stats always take a dive” is the day that I get the most hits. Too funny! 😉
Anyhoo on to today. I slept like a rock last night. Out freaking cold. Now I think I’ve mentioned this before but home =/= fun. In fact I really don’t like spending time here. BUT there’s something really conducive to a good night’s sleep like your childhood bed. And boy did I did it.
I got up this morning and my calves were “eh”. A couple people have suggested recovery / compression socks and trust me: I’ve been wearing them every night for the past week or so. I shudder to think about what my calves would feel like if I wasn’t wearing them! But yeah, I think I’m just running so much and stretching so little (so bad!) that tight muscles are bound to crop up.
Like running so much I didn’t realize that my double days have added up essentially to an additional run! Going into today’s run I had 80.3. HOLY COW. I had an 18.7 miler route planned out for today hence the “99”. When I realized that of course that song popped into my head and wouldn’t get out for the entirety of the LR. Oh well. It could have been worse. Jay-Z is kind of amazing.
As I mentioned yesterday, the weather this weekend is crap. Rain, wind, blahhhh. I debated doing the LR on the TM. To be honest I think TM-ing a LR is pretty easy. I’ve never really dealt with boredom on the thing before plus I knew that it would help me with pacing.
BUT I totally guilted myself into going outside. I was on FB and stalking re-looking at Lacey’s marathon pictures. And in them, she’s smiling and having a blast in weather similar to today. So I figured that I could try to be a BAMF and get out there too. The rain, in fact, didn’t turn out to be all that bad. Yes I did get soaked to the bone BUT it was the wind that damn near killed me. I actually got knocked over at one point. I just kept telling myself that this is just Boston prep and that I’ll be ready for anything after this.
That said, I kind of hated almost every damn minute of this run (god damned hubris for me saying how much running was rocking lately). I had planned on doing some pick-up work over the course of the 18.7 miles but every time I tried I just couldn’t. I think the effects of this week (the fact that mileage is not a problem son 🙂 ) is catching up to me. Couple that with the fact that I’ve apparently forgotten how “hilly” my hometown is (it’s not really but my school is in an area with NO hills) and the fact that the second loop I did was the hilliest route in my repertoire and yeah…I set myself up for a doozy.
I guess I’ve already said that I hated this run but yeah. Here’s the deal:
- 20.3 miles
- 192 minutes 45 seconds
- 9:29 pace
Yup. Not 18.7 miles. 20.3. I actually thought it was only 20 which would have made my pace even slower and because I thought this I was soooo dejected when I finished. Still I looked my my paces with good old Mr. McMillian and he says that my LR pace (for my current marathon race/pr) is 8:50-9:50. And plugging in my goal marathon time (which I don’t think you should do?) my LR pace is 8:31-9:31. So either way today’s run was fast enough to do something.
The funny thing is that even though I had severe upset-ment right after finishing, I really didn’t care too much beyond that. I was so drained from the effort that all I wanted to do was lay down. I was soooo cold, hungry, tired that I couldn’t even register anything. Every muscle in my body was tired and had put in quite the effort to stay standing much less running.
And I know I’m going to get lots of comments saying “you’re doing too much” and “duh you’re tired because you’re pushing so hard”. And yes that’s true. I 100% admit it. But I think that there’s a bigger picture here: I’ve been training at a high level for damn near 11 weeks. OF COURSE I’m going to feel run down. And I know that. This was the case last cycle too so even though it sucks I know I’ve been there before.
The only thing in my mind running through my mind is “how am I going to run fast at Boston?” I know it’s silly because you don’t train LRs at GMP. You just don’t. And I know this. I mean, I totally confident in my ability to run 26.2 miles. I totally have that endurance. But race?! I think that it’s another part of where I am in the training: self-doubt. I talked a bit about comparing to others yesterday and this is the point of training where it kicks up in high gear because the race is sooo close. But I’ve also been here before: I just need to breathe and know that marathon day will come and it shall be glorious. Positive thinking y’all 🙂
Okay so I guess overall I’m happy with the run. Oddly I don’t feel totally upset. Yes the pace is sooo hard for me to look at. I’m so numbers driven that it’s hard to accept it. BUT I face hard conditions at the end of a hard week. This run was totally a prep run for harsh conditions. And I like that I was hardcore and got out there. Oh yeah, and I haven’t been talking about this that much but…
bladder = still an issue on the LR. I really don’t know what to do about it. Today I felt it at mile 7 but was able to ignore /hold it until I finished. Then my fast-twitch muscles got a workout as I sprinted to the bathroom haha. But I felt hardcore in that I didn’t have to stop during the run.
Okay I’m rambling. Again. Time to do some t.v. catch up. Oh how I love on-demand and being at home! Also something I’m loving at the moment? Clif Bars. I don’t know why I stayed away from bars for so long. Now, I don’t think they should replace a meal or anything. But after a 20.3 mile run they sure are tasty as part of a snack!
Hope everyone is having a spectacular Saturday night! It doesn’t really even feel like a Saturday due to break for me 🙂