Monday, April 28, 2008
Yesterdays run just didn't go has good has I had hoped. I my right calf cramped up, (not the one with the shin splint) I had a stomach problem (could of eaten fig newtons too fast) and then felt dead the last couple miles. Other wise it went great. I actually thought I was running strong for 15 or 16 miles. I do know we were slower the second half of the run. It was 10.5 miles out and back. Well time to taper. Like I say, Hays in the bale, so nothing I can do now but taper and go race on the 18th in Cleveland.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
This week I totaled 33.5 miles, longest run was the 12 today. Did a tough hill run thursday so some sort of speedwork. Overall I just didn't feel it was a great week. I do think if I can get a good week in this week I should be in good shape. Either way I have to be ready, I start the taper in a week. I plan to run about 45 miles, with a long run of 21 on Sunday. I want to do some sort of speedwork, intervals or tempo, whichever is fine. I hope to do a mid week 8 miler also. Overall I think this year has gone better then last year. May 18th we will find out if it pays off.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I updated my race schedule. I am tentatively doing Akron Marathon. Alot if it has to do with how Cleveland goes. I have a few other races I definitely plan to do. A couple of 5K's I always do and The Presque Isle Half is becoming a regular event. If I do Akron, theres a series of four 5K races on Wednesday evenings during summer and I was going to use them for speed work. Nice theory huh? But I could change my plans and just give up running and racing. Or go back to being a 5K addict. Or just run enough to irratate Donna. Hard to say for sure.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
This year my training has been different then last year.
- More MPW this year during training.
- An 18 week plan over 16 last year.
- Less speedwork in the form of intervals. Mostly Yasso 800's last year
- More long runs. 3 20 milers planned this year over 2 last year.
- Tempo runs. I need to check but dont think I did them last year.
- I toped out last year at 43 miles. I have been over that 3 times now.
With 5 weeks till marathon, 2 weeks still I start my taper I just hope for 2 more good weeks. I think I jumped miles a bit this week, so next week will do a slight cutback week and try to get in the 30-35 range. The week after that I hope to be in the 45-50 range before I start taper.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Total miles for week is at 21 miles. I might be wrong but for Monday thru Wednesday its a probably a mileage PR. In real good shape for my 50 mile goal, with a 20 planned on Sunday long has I got 9 plus miles Thursday thru Saturday I got it.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I keep thinking I need to top out at 50 miles. Not sure why 50 but its the number I keep thinking I need to run in marathon training. I have no idea why but its the number I picked. I figure I have 2 more realistic chances for it while training for Cleveland. I have 2 more 20 milers planned next sunday the 13th and Sunday the 27th. With a 20 miler means I need 30 miles on the other 6 days. Now the most I have ever run in a week is 43.2 so it will be a bigger then I should do increase in mileage according to the 10% rule. But I think I can get it. And I can do the next week has a small cutback week. Then do another good week before I start taper. Now can I carry out my plan...............
Saturday, April 5, 2008
I knew this was a tough course with a few real goo hills. I got to start line and was ready to go while the starter went over the course. And off we went, it started flat, hitting the first big hill about a half mile into it. I kept even effort up it and felt ok at the top. I decided to try to run it at what felt like an even pace, there were no mile markers. I caught up to a runner I know Tom "Kquicky" and ran with him for a while. We kind of pulled each other along. We hit the next big hill, I knew it was up the hill and back down. I also knew kquicky was a strong finisher so I figured if I stuck with him I might finish good. We got back down the hill still together and I knew the next section wasnt a bad hill more of a long small slant. And it also was about a half mile to finish line. You went down this section then looped to the left and had a short straight away of about 100 yards or so lined with the cars parked for race. Kind of cool. Kquicky had pulled ahead of me and I just tryed to hang close. Then I saw th clock and tryed to sprint to the finish. Well for me its a sprint, I crossed the finish line clock read 23:53. I thought I had run a PR I never been in 23's before and been a while since I had even been in 24's. I knew this was a tough course so I was shocked.
But the joy was short lived. A couple of people with GPS watchs said it was short. And talking to how many people had run a good time on this route made me think it may be short. Then at the awards the race director said they thought it was short a tenth of a mile. I figure it was between .1 or .2 of a mile short. So I guess I put it down has my 3 mile PR instead of 5K PR. I am in a tough age group, finished 40th overall but didnt place. I had a good time just wish the course had been measured correctly. But given the hills on it I think I might do good on a flat course. I have no more races planned till the Cleveland Marathon this one just fell at the perfect time, The Glover schedule had a 5k race this weekend.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Im signed up for a 5K on Saturday and while im not actually training for it and not going to taper but going to go all out in it. I dont think I will have a good time per se because its a real hilly tough course. Great way to get a speed workout for the marathon.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I got an email from president of the local road runners club (Ok it was sent to all members that gave their email address) saying they were going to start a Fall half marathon this year. They have a winter one held in begining of March I have done the last 3 years (4 if you count the year I did the 5K). He had asked a couple of us about it around a month ago, and I suggested early September or late August. They have picked September 21st to hold it. So much for my opinion. Of course I missed the meeting so I guess its my fault. Then again I probably would of kept opinion to myself. I have 2 problems with the half idea in general. First they are planning to use same course has the other half. Its such a great park and they could have better options why not show off the park more and give it something different. Secondly, I think they could of done a better date. You have a winter half why not go summer?? End of August?? And the closest marathon to the Youngstown area is Akron Marathon on September 27th. If they did it right would of been a good training run. Has it is now I think you basically elimanate alot of fall marathoners. Ok I am done ranting about it. I think I will just not worry about it and do my thing. I just think its got alot possiblities but dont think he's getting it started off right. Ok now im done. I think. No guarantees.
In march I got 162.3 miles in running. I did a 3 mile recovery run on monday. You should do a recovery run after a long run right?? I know I shouldn't be mileage obsessed like that and it was already a all time high for me. Hopefully I eventually get to the point I dont worry about things like that but it might still take a while yet.