Running on Empty

Well I did it again, two tough days in a row. Looks like some changes to the schedule are needed here.
Yesterday we previewed the course of the Brickyard, which is a hilly 8 mile out and back. Joe, Kati and I extended the course a bit, and did it twice for good measure. A total of 19 miles. Fun.

Today my schedule called for a long run with some tempo segments. Uh oh.

I tried it anyway. The first 10 minute tempo was slow by 40 seconds a mile for which I blamed the breeze. It was pulling branches off trees and kicking up white rollers on the bay. So I turned around and ran the next one in the opposite direction. Faster than goal pace, but only by 3 seconds. Hmm. During the subsequent long easy run, it was obvious that the next tempo was not going to happen. It was entertaining running in all that wind, but I was out of gas. The good news is that I was still running, albeit slowly. If lunacy strikes and I take up ultras, that ability could come in useful!

If I want to continue to do long runs on Saturdays with my buddies, I’ll need to juggle my schedule a little better. Quality running on Sundays is not working too well.

I’m not stiff or sore though. Perhaps I’m getting some extra resilience out of this.


4 Responses to “Running on Empty”

  1. 1 Flo March 23, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Does sound like you’re definitely gaining resilience. I can see you doing Ultras at this rate, is that something that appeals to you?

    • 2 jime2 March 23, 2009 at 9:11 am

      I’ll probably try a 50K one of these days, but I don’t really have the ultra mind-set that welcomes difficulty. However, ultra-runners do perform the valuable service of making us marathoners look comparatively normal and sane by 😀

  2. 3 Loraine McVey March 25, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Brickyard twice, that’s impressive! oh my – probably very good training for Big Sur? When do you start tapering?

    • 4 jime2 March 25, 2009 at 8:21 am

      We marathoners become a little distance-hungry in the last few weeks. But we’re not crazy like those ultra runners!
      Taper, what’s a taper? I jest. The Brickyard-for-real is a piddling 8 miles, so we’ll be going for a run before and afterwards. Then it’ll be three weeks till Big Sur. That’s taper time.

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Race PRs

5K20:43 (LMJS 6/28/09
12K54:36 (Across Bay 3/21/10)
15K1:09:51 (LMJS 19/27/09)
Half1:31:28 (Kaiser 2012
Marathon 3;13:14 (CIM '11)


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