Friday, May 27, 2016

This Week in Running 5/15 - 5 /21

DayMileage / WorkoutComments
Sunday7Easy run
Monday4100% easy
Saturday26.5Ogden Marathon
Total miles for the week: 41.5 - YTD: 964.5

Week's Summary

Did I really run only 4 times this past week?

First off, I was really tired.  If you review my blog, I've basically run 7 races of longer than half marathon distance in a period of 8 weeks -- only taking Easter weekend off.

Suffice to say, after the Fireman's Half Marathon, I was pretty dead all week.  In fact on a few of my 4 mile easy runs, I was gassed.  I began to think -- wow if I am struggling to run 4 miles, how in the world am I going to be able to run 26 this coming weekend?

Sure enough, the Ogden marathon really didn't go as planned.  And I think to some extent it is because I've done a LOT of racing without a lot of recovery.

Now, I can pretty much "mail in" a race and call it a day.  But I honestly do care about my times and while I like to do races merely to do them, I know that is not the way to get the best performances.  Along with racing / training, one must take some recovery time.

So as hard as it was, I am not racing this coming weekend (gasp!), despite a half and a full marathon right by my house.

I am hoping to get in some easy miles this week and build myself up to my next "A" race.

One more good thing that is happening is that the Utah weather continues to be fairly cool for late spring.  This has enabled me to get in some more quality miles at a quality pace.  I hate summer heat and this extended cool period has been a boon.

Upcoming Races

06/??: Looking at the Lamoille Canyon Marathon. Perhaps Casper again?
06/24: Utah Midnight Half Marathon - Provo Utah (Confirmed)
10/09: Lake Tahoe Marathon (Very Probable -- hotel booked)
11/13: Las Vegas Marathon (Confirmed)
04/15: Salt Lake City Marathon (Confirmed) (2017)

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