I guess there’s only so many blogging words per household, and the other half, the “long-winded blogger,” has been using most of them lately.
I guess perfume on the run is preferable to marijuana on the run, which I’ve whiffed a couple times recently on evening neighborhood runs.
Thanks to the overwhelming feedback I received regarding the Dallas Half-Marathon in November, and whether to run it as part of my last 20 miler, or race it, or not run …. I went ahead and signed up and the plan is to race it, subject to all the usual disclaimers.
So after we left off last week, I squeezed in a 4-mile tempo and a 20-mile long run as part of a 68-mile week. The tempo was ok, better than last time, not one of my bests. Still on the comeback I guess. There were no faster runners there, so it was just darkness ahead of me, and man oh man was it dark, as I kept missing the ground and hyperextending my stride. But I managed a 24.49 with 6.20, 6.09, 6.10, 6.10 splits, still about 40 seconds off my best. One thing I learned in that 10-mile time trial a couple weeks ago, though, and that I tried to use here, was that any one point may be painful, but it’s probably not getting any worse, so don’t be a baby and just maintain the current threshold. Actually, that worked better in the 10-miler, as the 4-miler did seem to get more painful, even though I wasn’t getting faster.
Long run on Saturday had me penciled in for “14-18” by Gilbert’s schedule. I’ve been trying to do a little bit more than what he has down, since his longest prescription is 22 and I’d like to do 24. 26.2 sort of intimidates me, and I’ve half-a-mind to just run a 26 miler to get over it mentally. Anyway, I ran the first 8 miles with Ty, probably a little too fast (he said 6.45s for a couple but I find that hard to believe), and the last 12 miles ran alone. Route ’twas out Shoal Creek and Great Northern and back over Scenic, and in the middle I threw in some surges. I read that it might be helpful to vary up your pace during your long run and a good way to do that is to surge for a minute or two every 10 minutes. So I did that between miles 8 and 14 and was pretty spent after that, and then came Scenic and I was pretty wiped from there, but I may have managed a sub-7 pace or so down LAB and towards the finish, whereupon I struggled to the very end. But I’ve noticed I recover much better/faster these days, and I felt no ill-effects of the run that day or the next.
Unfortunately, after the run I did cut the ball of my foot open on the rocks in the spillway below Barton Springs. Fairly deep and clean slice, I’ve been able to run, sometimes I notice it, sometimes not.
Wilke on Tuesday. Gilbert had us attacking at the crest of the hill, sprinting to the end, and asked me to clock my times. I managed seven of those ball-busters and we both seemed pleased with my splits.
1000s at AHS today. Times were comparable to others in the past, but I feel different … stronger, not working as hard to run the same pace, quicker recoveries, that sort of thing.
I still do doubles two or three times a week. You’d think I’d be getting more mileage than 65-70. Usually the week starts out strong but by the end of the week I’m doing mental gymnastics with mileage numbers and freetime and the logistics of a family of four and I go through spurts where I’m just sick of it all, of all the smelly socks and sweaty skin and achy feet and 5 a.m. alarms and missed family time and putting more burden on Jessica and my neighbors looking at me like I’m nuts (“he’s running again?“) , but those times don’t last, and I even enjoy solo neighborhood runs now, and every mile I almost always think of December 9th. I think of that day and two little faces watching their dad stride by and I think how I don’t want to disappoint them. I think how I don’t want to fail. I think I should be doing more.
No Way…..you are doing more than enough. And, they are going to be so proud if you just finish strong. Time is irrelevant (spelling)? to them. They are learning so much by you living a healthy, goal oriented life style. Give yourself a lot of credit!!