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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Crappy 24-miler

This post is going to sound a lot like last Saturday's post, only last Saturday, I was running marathon goal pace and 5k pace and half marathon pace all during one run, and finally my legs gave way at the end.

I'm not sure what happened today. I mean, I could start with the excuses:

*Friday night, I covered a high school football game for the Austin American Statesman. (Yipppe, money!). The game was delayed 55 minutes because of lightning, so I didn't get home until midnight and didn't get to bed until 1 a.m., leaving me with 3 1/2 hours to sleep before waking up for Saturday's 24-miler.

*My last real good meal Saturday was around 3 p.m. I knew I was covering high school football, but it threw my eating schedule out of wack. I thought about eating a hot dog at the game during half time, but because of the late start, I spent the entire halftime writing my story. I didnt eat again until I got home and all I could stomach was a bowl of cereal. I had no breakfast.

*The weather was cool but the humidity was 90 percent. I don't do well in humidity.

So, knowing all these things, I really tried to take it easy during the run. I had a lot of mile splits that began with 9. Every once in a while, I'd feel ok and hit a low 8, but that was every once in a while. I sucked down four GUs and 8 salt tablets, but my legs were cooked by Mile 20. I mean just cooked. I walked most of Miles 22 and 23 before finally getting a second wind to get the last mile done in right about a 10:00 min/mile.

Maybe if I had eaten right or slept more than 3 1/2 hours (of which 2 when my eyes were really closed), I would have done much better. Still, I am getting a little nervous. I want to be getting stronger as the marathon gets closer, and the last few miles of my last two long runs (albeit 24-mile runs) have really sucked.

I need to spend this last month getting healthy (sore soleus/gastroc muscle). I still hope to mash out a 3:20 at the marathon, but eeesh, I'm certainly not as confident today as I was two weeks ago.



Anonymous Jess said...

I'm surprised that you've had to do two runs of over 20 miles in a row. I don't think I've heard of people doing that before, but I guess your coaches know what they're doing. Is it taper time yet?

September 5, 2009 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Mike_Is_In_Austin said...

Let your legs recover over the next weeks workouts and next Saturdays runs will be a-ok!
Gotta love head games!

September 6, 2009 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger kirsten said...

You will be fine. It is amazing what I decent taper will do for you. Focus on rest and nutrition from now til your race

September 7, 2009 at 5:42 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

Whoa, no sleep and no food? I realize that we are definitely in a different class of runner (i.e., you're MUCH faster than me) but...uh...don't do that next time if you can help it! Well, you already know that. Sorry it sucked. But if it sucked then it means that your next run will be good.

September 7, 2009 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Becca Runs Sometimes said...

Wow. Different class of runner, indeed! I think if that were me, I would have shortened the run just because I would wonder what good, physiologically, it would be to stress your bod that much at this point? In any case, it doesn't sound like you have anything to worry about, and I am a huge wimp after not sleeping :) Keep up the good work!!

September 8, 2009 at 1:56 PM  

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