|Day||Mileage / Workout||Comments|
|Sunday||Off||Hiked about 7.5 miles|
|Monday||9||4 miles at half marathon pace, rest at marathon pace|
|Tuesday||10.75||10 @ 8:45 pace|
|Wednesday||8||Easy through and through|
|Friday||Off||Walked about 5 miles|
|Saturday||13.25||Haunted Half Marathon.|
|Total miles for the week: 48 - YTD: 2022|
Well another week of solid training. 48 miles isn't too bad of a total for recovering from a marathon and beginning the taper for the Vegas Marathon. As usual, I am really excited about the Vegas marathon. Not only do I get a chance to go to Vegas, but I really enjoy the energy the course provides. Plus, I have a streak going. Every since the Competitor Group took it over, I've been a regular for 26.2 miles there. While it is hard to have an "A" race for the Vegas marathon, it is my last "big" event for the year and I want to hopefully take a positive vibe with me into 2016.
I Reached 2000 Miles!
Faithful readers may recall that I had a somewhat ambitious goal of running 2000 miles in a calendar year. In years past I've run 1800 - 1900, but I never hit the mythical barrier of 2000.
Well, I am happy to report that I shattered my goal.
But did I get the expected benefit of logging more miles?
Did it make my racing faster? Initially it did. Looking at my spring race times, I was on fire in terms of racing. I ran several good races including a 3:57 at the Ogden Marathon. I hadn't seen sub 4 in a long time and I think the extra mileage really provided a solid boost in terms of knowing I could complete a full marathon without too much of a typical crash at the end.
However, that strategy seemed to fade out as the season went on. Granted, I didn't take too many breaks from training so I suspect a lot of it is from racing on dead legs. However, I was able to race a lot.
I might've done better had I had cooler weather. A lot of my spring races were in wet / cold conditions. My fall races have mostly been hot and I don't tend to fare well when it is warm.
Did I magically lose weight? The short answer is no. I am about the same weight at which I started the year. I didn't diet and really ate whatever and whenever I wanted (within reason of course). I found myself ravenous a lot, however.
Did I burn out? Absolutely not. I still thoroughly enjoy lacing up and hitting the trail.
Injury? I didn't run into many injury problems (knock on wood). I did get a Morton's Neuroma early in the spring that took me out for a few days, but otherwise I've had few problems. I've been super diligent about doing the other work to keep myself healthy: planks galore, stretching, hip exercises, foam rolling, and taking that day off when I do need it. I will be honest and say that I am generally a mess for the first few minutes after waking up in the morning. I am super stiff and I've been battling some plantar fasciitis for years.
Final Thoughts? Running a lot was great for completing marathons. It was only under extreme conditions were my endurance wasn't there for the marathon. All the miles I had put on didn't help with my speed and I've found that I can't train for endurance and speed at the same time. Only a lucky few can claim progress in both domains.
11/07: SaltAir Half Marathon (very doubtful)
11/15: Las Vegas Marathon (Confirmed)
11/26: South Davis Rec Center Turkey Trot (5K) (Confirmed)
01/03: Camarillo Marathon (thinking about it)
02/06: Winter Striders 5K (Confirmed)
02/20: Winter Striders 10K (Confirmed)
03/05: Winter Striders 10 Mile (Confirmed)
04/02: Winter Striders Half Marathon (Confirmed)
04/23: Winter Striders 30K (Confirmed)