I ran the Jackson Marathon on January 27th. By mile 3, I decided that I needed to take some time off… like the rest of the year. As the race went on, I kept it together, and decided I would probably be ok with just a few weeks of rest, but I pulled in yet another lackluster result. And before you say, “well maybe you could run faster if you ran fewer marathons.” Yes I know. I am aware that running 4-5 marathons per year, year after year is not going to yield my best possible results. However, I’m only 18 marathons away from my goal, and I’m not backing down now. I also know that I can do better than I have been lately, even while maintaining a silly number of races a year.
So, I took a week off and then I took 3 more weeks where I ran 5-6 miles about 4 times a week slowly. I ran a 5k that was a far cry from my best, but really not too shabby and kind of fun and then I asked for help. Apparently I’d been following the plan of “train fast, race slow.” and I was done with it. I talked with Salty, and she informed me that I need to slow down. I’m running too hard too often. I struggle with running “easy” when I’m by myself or on the treadmill because it feels so tedious, but I’m going to give it a try. There is no where to go from here but up.
Monday: rest day
Tuesday: 60 min easy, 15 min at 7:50 pace. I spent the 60 minutes getting myself worked up about the 15 minutes. I don’t know why I got worked up, it’s not like I can’t run that pace for 15 minutes, but I overanalyze everything and worry a lot. I hit 60 minutes at 6.8 miles and so I couldn’t see my pace until the watched flipped to mile 7- 7:10 pace… clearly I was a little amped up about this. Slowed it down and finished that mile at 7:40 and the next almost mile at 7:44 pace. jogged to cool down to 9 miles total.
Wednesday: Late night 6 miles on the treadmill. Felt like slow, late night treadmill runs tend to feel. blah
Friday: Yoga class and then 7 miles easy with (5 by :20/1:40 strides) I cheated and ran a little faster on the 7th mile, but it felt good just to run.
Saturday: 12 miles easy. My legs felt tired, and I made sure to keep the pace easy. I ran 8:45 pace overall. (in comparison my long runs prior to this past marathon were about :30 per mile faster)
Sunday: 6 fun miles with my neighbor.
total: 40 miles