Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I by no means regret the Marathon I did 10 days ago. I am not a religious person, but I do believe that there is a purpose laid out for all of us. I think these "failures" in the Marathon for me are inevitable-they are unavoidable because I am on a path. There has to be low points. You have to fail to succeed. I am 26 years old. I have plenty of years ahead to progress in the Marathon. Failing now is what needs to happen. Of course I am still running Chicago-it is going to be a major focus race-and hopefully if I play my cards right that race will go well. At the same time right now I'd rather do well in the "shorter" races(10K-13.1), run some PRs this Spring..because ultimately these "shorter" races are going to transcend to the marathon...and the ultimate goal I have for the Marathon is to run it very, very, fast. I will not settle for a 2:30:00. I want something higher, and if it means sacrificing a 2:32:00 race I might have had at Shamrock, then so be it. Because ultimately, I am aiming to achieve my full potential-whatever that may be-in the marathon.
But for right now, I'm gonna have some fun and jump in some hot races this coming April.
Dismal Swamp 13.1-4/17
Have at it.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, was a tough day for me, to say the least. I thought I was ready to tackle this race especially after having such a frustrating run at Marine Corps in the fall..
Boy, was I WRONG.
The gun went off, and I stormed to the front with 3-4 other guys and felt terrific. Honestly, I really believed I was ready to win this damn race. I went through the first mile in 5:41. But at mile 8, I began to slip. I fell back to 6th place. Still, though, I felt OK. I felt relatively comfortable through the half(1:17:20)...not what I wanted to go through at(I was aiming for 1:14-1:15ish)...but still, I said to myself, OK...you're not as fit as you thought you were...that's OK...shoot for 2:34-2:35 now, and run a solid second half.
At mile 16, I began to fall apart. I no longer had the same turnover, and was slowing up to a moderate pace. A few runners passed me. I was now 8th at this point. Still, I kept movin. I went through 20 miles in 2:03:00, obviously slowing considerably. I was jogging at this point. More runners passed. I was done. I did not have the strength to race the marathon today. I realized it with hurt. At Mile 21, I started to walk..
I walked and thought. I thought about a lot of things, my life, my goals, my future...what path I am on. I thought about why am I still doing this? Why am I walking? Why not drop out? Am I really cut out for this distance? Maybe I'm not as strong as I think I am...What's the point?
But then, another thought occured to me..it was that I love running. And, if I love running, I am going to still finish this race/run and treat it as any other day. Nothing more..
I ended up walking for 4 miles(mile 21-25). People were still kindly cheering for me, saying I was doing great, to keep going. I smiled at them, but behind the smile, deep thoughts were churning. I was really dissapointed. Why, why, why, did I ask myself, do I enter in these marathons and not do well? Why can't I know when I am not ready? Because I am clearly not prepared for this today!!
I ran the last 1.2 miles, actually passing a lot of people who passed me early on, and finished in 3:27:30.
I gave this a lot of thought afterwards, and still am. But all in all, I have come up with the conclusion that I need prioritize the marathon better. Because, the truth is, it's not like I'm injured, or ill, or anything like that. I am 100% healthy, and I have taught myself how to stay injury free by listening to my body after years of frustrating injuries earlier in my career. For the past 3 years I have been injury-free and training well-running PRs of 10K-13.1. But there is another piece to this that I am learning now. It is to prioritize. If I really want to run a great marathon, and by that I mean a 2:25 or better... I am going to have to prioritize it as the number one race and not throw any races in front of it. I have been making this mistake. The Colonial Half Marathon took too much out of me to race the 26.2 well. 26.2 is an entirely different distance than 13.1-an entirely different race. Now, don't get me wrong, I do not regret running the Colonial Half...I think I was meant to run that race and it was a terrific race/confidence lifter for me. I PRed, and have no regrets. At the same time, I needed to choose between the 2...or just run Colonial as a training run...which I clearly didn't..I PRed on a hilly course. I think I chose Colonial over Shamrock...but I still wanted to do Shamrock. I did not understand at the time that I wouldn't be able to do both..
Maybe I should have chosen Shamrock over Colonial? But if so, and if I ran a fast marathon...I have a feeling I wouldn't have wanted to race for another 2 months. A 2:30 marathon takes so much more out of you than a 1:12 half marathon...even though the performances are roughly equivalent.
So again, prioritizing comes here. I think, even though I believe I have a great marathon in my legs, that this Spring the main focus for me is 10M/13.1M racing. I think I am actually in really really good 10M/13.1M shape right now.
I took Monday off, and will run tomorrow. I actually don't feel that bad. So, I'll take it slow this week, but also regroup and get ready for a few more races I have set in April.
So, back to prioritizing. I have changed my schedule of races a bit. I scratched San Diego. I am still doing Cherry Blossom and Dismal Swamp Half as I think I have a very fast 10M/13.1M in my legs still. I will also do Pike's Peak as my last race in April. I will then take all of May off and do a small handful of short races(5K, 8K) over the summer(June-July). But after that, I will prioritize Chicago. I will not race at all in August or September, and will not do any races leading up to Chicago. Chicago will be the main focus and I will put all of my energy/strength into that race. I will raise the mileage to where it needs to be as well.
Chicago is the race where I have a chance to run the race of my life.
It's not how you start, it's how you finish.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Whatever the outcome, I will give it my best shot.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Today I ran with Nate at Old Angler's and headed south on the Canal. My legs felt better and there was more pep in my step. I didn't get hungry in the middle of my run unlike all of last week. I think my glycogen stores are more balanced now. We got in just over 80 minutes or just around 12 miles. We talked about training, goals, phases of running, etc. Another beautiful day.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Week 2: 80m- (17.5m long run)
Week 3: 83m- (13m w/ 5m @ MP, 21m long run w/ 5-6m @ MP)
Week 4: 62m- (11m @ MP Workout, 15m med-long run)
Week 5: 83m- (15m @ MP Workout, 14m med-long run, 18.5m long run)
Week 6: 65m- (40min LT Workout, 20.5m long run)
Week 7: 70m- (10miles: 54:35 PR, 15m med-long run)
Week 8: 70m- (16m @ MP Workout(17.5m total), 17.5m @ MP Workout(19m total))
Week 9: 47m- (13.1miles: 1:12:57 PR, 6th place)
Week 10: 68m- (15m med-long run, 19m long run)
Average Mileage Per Week(2010): 69.1 miles
2 Weeks until the Marathon.
In a nutshell, I think my glycogen stores were only half full all week, until I ate A LOT Saturday night. Boy, did I EAT! I think that fixed it. Sunday morning I ran 19 on the canal(I did it on my own in the AM since I had to get to work at 12:00) but I saw Grcers just meeting up at Riley's when I passed-Jake gave me the confused question as I passed by: "Sloane, what are you doing?" LOL.
Anyway, the long run was good, I felt like I kind of woke up after a sluggish week. I kept the pace moderate and finished in 2:11:00. It felt easy, really. Now, tonight, I feel a lot more energized. Sometimes running just makes you tired, and hungry, and you need to make sure you refuel and recover. I guess I was recovering this week but also refueling at the same time. Really good Marathoners have a great ability to store fuel and use it efficiently. I am training my body to do that better and better.
More to come on training/mileage progression for 2010...