May 10, 2011
Toughing it out
Step 1 - Recognize the symptoms.
Step 2 - Actually rest on rest days and slow the heck down a couple of days of week.
Step 3 - Tough it out. You're almost there!
I had a killer set of 12 x1-mile repeats on Sunday at a pace that is only about 24 seconds slower than my half marathon PR pace. That may seem do-able, but after 2 months of 150+ miles and most recently two 45-mile weeks in a row culminating with a marathon-distance LSD, my legs are tired and the not-so-good feeling runs feel worse than "meh". More like a 2 out 5 on the Enjoyment scale. One more very long run on the 22nd and then the taper begins. I'll need an attitude adjustment before that starts or I will drive myself (and the hubby) absolutely crazy. Thank goodness for our Galloway training group members who lift my spirits and inspire me to keep going every week.
And what is up with all this EATING? I know I haven't trained this hard for this long in the past so I am on a learning curve (aren't we all?), but I'm having 3-4 days a week when I just cannot seem to satisfy my hunger! I've gained a few pounds while running more in my life than I ever have. Yeah yeah yeah - I know I'm putting on muscle, storing more glycogen which brings in even more water into my muscles, adding to this self-perceived weight problem of mine. My clothes all the fit the same. It's just that damn scale. I'm in a Recovery week this week which is absolutely perfect timing. No long runs, no speed work, no hills. Just nice and easy all week. Hopefully I'll drop a couple of pounds. Heck, if it was 5, that would be 5 less pounds to have to carry with me for 26.2 miles!!!!
In really fun news, we have another Galloway group starting up this week. Most of these members will be running in the Disneyland Half Marathon. Our kick off meeting is tomorrow night!
I do see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's a big LED clock with my marathon goal finishing time on it!!! Almost there, almost there.....