Sunday, October 16, 2016

This Week in Running 10/9 - 10/15

Monday's Run along the shores of Lake Tahoe

DayMileage / WorkoutComments
Sunday26.5Tahoe Marathon
Monday5Recovery run along the shores of Lake Tahoe. Just enjoying being outside
TuesdayOffTravel Day
Thursday7Easy with the second half faster
Saturday6Frightmares 10K race
Total miles for the week: 51; YTD: 1787.5

Week's Summary

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.

Tahoe Marathon

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.

Weight Matters

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.  

Upcoming Races

10/29: Halloween Harvest Half Marathon - Syracuse, UT (confirmed)
11/13: Las Vegas Marathon - Las Vegas, NV (Confirmed)
11/26: South Davis Recreation Center Thanksgiving Day 5K - Bountiful, UT
04/15: Salt Lake City Marathon - Salt Lake City, UT (Confirmed) (2017)

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