|Two turtles at Bass Pro Shops last weekend, the fellow on the right is the boss|
I was fortunate only four weeks ago, to run my fastest marathon ever at Chicago. My 3:14:48 topped my previous best by over five minutes, and qualified me for Boston for the fourth time in my running career. But to be honest, I really felt like I should have been under 3:10 that day. And after the race, I knew it was a long shot, but I intended to take a run at 3:10 in Richmond, which was only five weeks later. But at this point, I just don't think it was enough time to recover and prepare like I needed to.
I took most of the week off after the Chicago Marathon, and didn't have any injuries or lingering pain at all. And I gradually started to build a little strength back with slow running and light workouts. But after that, I felt compelled to really push it more than usual. The looming November 16th date was right around the corner and most of my workouts were built around sharpening and strengthening. I incorporated my normal rest days, but all of the runs were pretty intense. And last weekend, in my "infinite wisdom" and keeping with this "over-training/under resting" theme, I ran a near PR 5K on Sunday ... and then 18 miles, with 15 of them near marathon pace on Monday. Monday was a mistake! I usually like to have a last long run two weeks before the marathon, with a significant number of the miles at an up-tempo pace. But the hard 18, only a day after a fairly hard 5K was a little too much. And I think I might have toasted my legs.
So yesterday I ran my typical "weekend before the marathon" run of 12 miles, with 5 of them at marathon pace. The good news is I was able to reach and hold marathon pace without a lot of trouble ... the bad news is I just felt wobbly, weak, dead-legged, and worst of all my butt and upper hamstring tendinitis issues that have plagued me in the past started to flair up a little again. When this happens, I've learned it's simply a product of too much & too fast. And typically the only remedy is a lot of rest and reduced mileage ... not a marathon.
So basically I'll rest more than usual this week and hope for the best. I'm so relieved that I ran a good time at Chicago so there is absolutely no pressure at Richmond ... none at all! If I feel good on Saturday, I'll go out hard and push my pace. But if I can't hold it ... I'll have a lot of quit in me - ha. We'll just see how it goes. But at this point I think 3:10 is a definite "probably not gonna happen".
... be great today!
(as for the title of this blog ... yes, I obviously realize that many children and some adults endure real bullying everyday with threats, verbal abuse, and sadly much worse. I'm in no way trying to make light of their struggle - it's simply a literary parallel and not intended to offend anyone)