|Monday's Run along the shores of Lake Tahoe|
|Day||Mileage / Workout||Comments|
|Monday||5||Recovery run along the shores of Lake Tahoe. Just enjoying being outside|
|Thursday||7||Easy with the second half faster|
|Saturday||6||Frightmares 10K race|
|Total miles for the week: 51; YTD: 1787.5|
Believe it or not, this week was primarily about recovery. The overall volume, doesn't indicate that, however.
On Monday, I felt really good and being that I was in Lake Tahoe and with a bit of time to kill, I opted to go for an easy run along the main drag in town. I more or less followed the final 2 to 2.5 miles of the marathon that I had just run the previous day. I was in such a haze during the marathon that I couldn't appreciate what I was running by. It was actually one of the prettier, enjoyable and memorable runs I've done in a long time.
|On the shores of Lake Tahoe|
I think park of the reason I was able to run so quickly after finishing a marathon is that I did spend a session or two in the sauna at the hotel. It really helped me feel less sore.
The week prior to the Tahoe Marathon I felt extremely flat. Every -- and I mean every run -- I did during the week felt like I was dragging an anchor behind me.
I go through phases where I am not feeling awesome and I figured that once the race started I would get back into the groove. But it didn't happen.
I am not sure what the cause of this was: over training? not enough food? Wrong kind of food? Nerves?
The magic didn't happen and once again, despite some diligent training, the marathon didn't go as planned. I still have one more shot at redemption this year: the Las Vegas Marathon. So I am hoping to bear down on that and succeed with that one.
One of the reasons why I think I am slowing down (sometimes a great deal) is that I've put on a bit of weight over the years. 4 years ago when I moved to Utah I was about 167 pounds and running pretty well. These days I am pushing 182 and all of it is pure body fat.
It isn't so much as what I am eating -- it is how much. I've got the physical activity down pat and I know what is good for me (and what isn't). But over eating seems to be my primary nemesis. Running makes me hungry and when I get to that "point" I look for a buffet instead of something sensible.
I don't believe in starvation or self-sacrifice. I workout hard and I like to indulge but I think I have taken it a step too far.
Recently I have ditched diet soda and I have cut way back on sugary soda. I still have a candy / cookie addiction. But my biggest problem is that I know the name and location of every buffet in a 200 mile radius and generally on a first-name basis at most of them. That's not good.
Hopefully "This Week in Running" will also keep you updated with my attempt at weight loss.