Short post about my recent absence and upcoming events.
I haven’t posted in a while and I wanted to check back in here.
It’s been a pretty stressful few weeks. I’m in the process of planning a big running trip (which has been one of my many recent stressors), but I don’t want to jinx it by talking about it much.
I’m technically in taper mode for the Marine Corps Marathon but it hasn’t been going great. Legs have been stiff from overtraining, and none of my runs for the past couple weeks have left me feeling confident. Hopefully more rest will do me some good.
I decided to take a mini mental health vacation and head to Boston tomorrow (Friday) night. No real plans except relaxing and eating good, maybe running along the Charles River and checking out the finish line / part of the course of the Boston Marathon.
Sometimes when life starts feeling overwhelming taking a step back from it can be the best thing for you.
I’ll try to post again before the MCM on the 22nd, and I’ll definitely post a race recap afterwards.
Thanks for reading!
PS: I have so much respect for people who manage to continue posting regularly despite life taking its occasional downturns. When I get stressed the last thing I want to do is something optional that requires brain power like writing does, but hopefully it’s a skill I can develop.
Running summary of the past week of training for the Marine Corps Marathon.
General Reflections: This week I officially registered for and was accepted into the Boston Marathon! As for training, I planned to cut back on mileage but I wound up putting in more miles than I wanted to.
- Monday: 8 easy miles
- Tuesday: 12.2 with track intervals | 4 easy miles | Tennis
- Wednesday: 10 easy miles
- Thursday: 13 miles with a few at Marathon Pace to NYC | 2.6 | 2.5 | 2.4
- Friday: Easy 8
- Saturday: Easy 13 | Easy 2
- Sunday: Easy 10
Weekly Totals: 88 miles. 3,199 ft of elevation gain
Favorite Workout(s): Tuesday’s track workout
On Tuesday I had my first track workout in a while (Strava info). This was also the first track work I’ve done for months where the temperature was fairly mild. It’s crazy how much of a difference the cooler weather made.
My heart rate was able to recover much quicker than in the past on sweltering hot days, which led to being able to keep my pace up on the intervals. My intervals / times were:
- 8x800m ~2:48
- 4x400m ~1:18
- 4x200m ~0:37
- 1×1 mile ~5:40
Each rep had a recovery jog of half the previous rep’s distance between them (besides the final 1 mile rep). Normally I check my heart rate between reps to see what it recovers to, and for these intervals I found it getting to about 10 bpm lower than it usually gets.
Biggest Issues: I spent all day Saturday in NYC, and the new cable I brought to charge my phone with my portable battery wound up being a dud and not working. The only way I was able to keep my phone juiced was to go to two different Apple stores to plug it into the cables they used to charge the products on display… That was a stressful experience. I did a couple other runs and long walks that day but couldn’t track any of them because of my phone being in a constant state of low battery.
Lessons learned: Test everything before relying on it.
Next Week: Lower the mileage a little more and but have a good long run. 5 weeks till the Marine Corps Marathon!