Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hope I Didn't Just Run My Marathon!

Happy Anniversary Baby!
Before I write today's post, many of you know today is Michael's & my anniversary.  I love this woman ... and I'm very lucky that she's in my life.  She deserves an award for putting up with me!  She could obviously do a lot better ... but I'm thankful for her.  I love you sweetie!

Speaking of Michael ... she wanted me to let you know that she is having an AWESOME GIVE AWAY on her blog           Slowly Tri-ing.  I'm not a huge fan of give aways ... but she has a ton of stuff in this one!  Our dog Jack even included a few items I think ... please check it out if you have a few minutes.

Next Saturday, I'll be running the Scheels Fargo Marathon in Fargo, North Dakota!  I'm really excited, but there are of course a few things running through my mind about what will hopefully be my 11th marathon completed. 

Back in December I planned out my race year and decided to do 10 marathons in 2011.  I had targeted Fargo for a PR because it is sooooooo flat ... literally the elevation changes like 50 ft twice and that's it!  But at this point I don't think I'm ready to PR again.  I failed to realize when I scheduled it that it was so close to the Boston Marathon.  And even though I feel healthier than I have in a long time, I just don't know if I have it in me next weekend ... but we'll see.  It should be awesome regardless of my time!

I ran 20 miles today.  Now that's a little bit of an issue for two reasons.  I've only ran 20 miles the week before a marathon once before - but today was a little faster than I would have liked.  And that's the potential issue.  I just kept cruising along at a comfortable speed and ended with 20 miles at 7:45/pace.  That's not burning up the track or anything, but I probably should have taken it slower, maybe closer to 8:00/pace the week before a marathon.  So it'll be interesting to see how my body responds next weekend.

But I didn't do this by accident.  Sometimes I feel like I taper too much, and too long before a race.  It amazes me that during a training cycle I can go out and put up a 22, 23, or 24 miler 10 seconds below my PR, but then on race day - after 1 or 2 weeks of tapering, just not respond like I want to.  So for this race, I am treating it like a training cycle.  I ran 70 miles last week and this week I'll probably do about 55 including the race.  I'll also workout as usual, but probably go a little lighter with less reps.  If I run well, this might become my standard. 

I you are running 1 or 2 marathons a year with 14-16 week training cycles, and are not used to the running load - your body probably needs the break during taper.  But I feel like I'm absorbing the miles just fine, and I'm probably more in-tune with my body than some people.  Tapering seems to make me soft and I've never really felt like I got everything out of it I should.  But that being said, I hope I didn't use up all of my performance on today's run ... we'll see I guess!
... be great today!


  1. Happy anniversary to you guys! That's a great pic above. My husband and I are getting ready to celebrate 10 years of not killing each other in July. He's a cheerleader, not a runner and he puts up with massive amounts of garbage from me.

    I can't wrap my mind around running that many marathons in a year. I'm sure I'll have a year where I'll run that many, it's just I havent hit the point I'm training up to 20 miles on a regular basis. That's my dream scenario :)

  2. Jim, you are a rock star. Period.

    Happy anniversary to you two great people. I love both of your blogs and I love how you guys say stuff to each other in your blogs like "I love you sweetie." Makes me smile.

    I LOVE LOVE your blog header. SWEET!

  3. Happy anniversary to you!!! this thursday it will be 10 yrs for us!

    I LOVE the new header on your blog! it is great!

    that is a lot of marathons! when is the California one? how about Long Beach? you could run with Chris? Michael could run with ME!! (the Half!)

  4. Happy Anniversary! You guys are a very cute couple!

    I can't believe you are running so many races in 2011. That is awesome and I wish you the best of luck in Fargo.

  5. Soudns like a great day and seriously best of luck w/ Fargo! You are a champ, and very inspirational!

  6. Happy anniversary sir! Great looking couple.

    I think you did exactly the right thing with your training. I'm not anywhere near the same stratosphere as you running-wise, but I can see your train of thought, and I would be thinking the same thing. Very interested to see how it works out for you, and to read your thoughts after Fargo. Best of luck to you.

  7. I've never run 20 miles the week before the marathon, but I have felt like I've tapered too much before. I think you'll do fine. You can't PR every race, but it sounds like Fargo gives you a good shot at another.

  8. Happy Anniversary you two! I love how you two support each other. :) Read your latest post. Love how honest you are in your fierceness. :)

  9. Happy Anniversary! You guys seem to enjoy each other so much, it's fun to read. Good luck with the race.

  10. Congrats on your anniversary. It's the first time I've stumbled on your blog but it is a great read and wish you all the best on your efforts to finish 50 after 40!!

  11. Happy anniversary!
    You must have a great amount of experience under your belt. Maybe you could write on this forum for runners...
    Your efforts and experience would be appreciated.


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