Weekly-ish recap

March 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm 5 comments

So it’s the middle of a new week and at this point seems kinda pointless to write a weekly recap, except for the sake of regularity. I obviously already wrote waaaaaay too much about Saturday’s race so I can gloss over that and I think I’ll just throw in a bonus recap of how this week has gone so far (spoiler alert: pretty ok)

Mon – am: 4 miles, 37:15, Duke XC//pm: sleep from 5:30p – 6:15a Tuesday morning, A NEW PR!
Tue – am: nothing//pm: 29 miles, 4:06, BCG to Umstead w/2 x Turkey Creek loop and 7 x super steep hill on greenway on way back
Wed – am: 4 miles, 38 min, Duke XC, drizzle//pm: 21 miles, 3 hours, Duke XC, five 4+ mi loops w/extensions, water after each
Thu – am: 3 miles, 29:30 Duke XC//pm: 14 miles total incl. 5 x mile (5:55, 5:50, 5:48, 5:43, 5:38), 400 slow jog after each, 800 recovery after set then 4×200 (35, 36, 34, 34), 200 jog
Fri – am: 5 miles, 43 minutes, Duke XC//pm: random stationary recumbent biking and foam rolling
Sat - am: 34 miles total incl Umstead Marathon (3:00:36), 2.5 up, 5.5 after, slowish
Sun – am: 16 miles, 2:45, Umstead; first 6ish w/Alicia Parr (who was the Umstead women’s champion!) on Loblolly trail, last 10 miles solo on Company Mill and bridle trails//pm: random splashing around in pool

Total for week — 130 miles again, about 17.5 hours

Mon – am: 3 miles, 29 minutes, Duke XC, legs feeling better//pm: 15 miles, 2:08, Duke XC, three 4+ mi loops and one 3 mile loop
Tue – am: 4 miles, 38 minutes, Duke XC, legs normal again//pm: 15 miles, 2:17, Umstead, did a course loop+ with Kara B who was thinking about pacing a friend at the 100 and wanted to experience the course first, legs felt great
Wed – am: 8 miles, 68 minutes, Duke XC, 2 loops, beautiful morning, legs feel fantastic

So far — 45 miles, 175 miles and about 24 hours of running since last recap.

Tonight I’m gonna get back to the gym and do my weekly squats which I’ve missed the past two weeks (sorry Katie!) and then go to the Fullsteam Run (which I’ve also missed for the past month or so) wherein I’ll try to find some guys who are feeling spry (there always seems to be a couple people at the Fullsteam run who are looking to push the pace) and do another half-assed workout, something in the neighborhood of 25-26 minutes for 4 miles with a few before and after.

I’m really pleased that my legs feel completely recovered from Saturday’s effort already. That’s the cool thing about running “shorter” races (and I say that fully aware that most people don’t consider a marathon short by any stretch) — the recovery is pretty short. I was trying to explain it to Kara last night, the different feeling after that sort of effort vs. the 44 miler I ran two weeks ago. The Sunday run after the marathon felt heavy, like I had done max effort squats the day before. The day or so after the longer efforts, it’s not so much heavy as just tired, like I’d done a bajillion air squats instead. The key to recovering from either, I think, is sitting on my ass most of the rest of the day on Sunday watching sports and eating whatever. I finally talked to my parents about the race and we laughed because now when my mom hears I ran a marathon, she thinks, “So? You do that every week.” Which is essentially true.

I’ve got a little more than three weeks to go before the 100 miler. This is my last higher volume week, after this I’ll start to taper off. Kara was asking me some questions about training on our run last night and the main recurrent theme is that I really have almost no idea what I’m doing. I’ve never done anything like this before, I don’t have a coach to bounce ideas off of (and can’t exactly afford one), Jess just tells me I’m crazy now, I just go out and run, kind of a lot. There is the minimum of structure but really I’m just doing whatever. But more importantly than knowing what I’m doing… I’m having FUN doing it. A lot of fun. I can’t remember the last time I looked forward to going out for a run almost every single day like I do now. A lot of that probably has to do with the weather, and the places I’m running, but still, it’s a new feeling for me and the results are hard to argue with right now. If it ain’t broke, right?

Til next time… RUN HAPPY everyone!

 

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2012 Umstead Trail Marathon race report Not really a recap (or, some words that talk about running-type things in a sorta-chronological manner)

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  • 1. Hope Knight  |  March 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Love, love, love it! Good for you! Jealous of the weather you get to run in – although it is 60 up here today! I have my first race of the year this Saturday – wish me luck! I am thinking of adding a few more in before my mother’s day weekend marathon and the memorial day 50k. Every time I read your posts or pick up a runner’s world magazine, I start to feel as if I should be racing more . . . hmmmm.

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  • 2. Katie  |  March 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    LOL @ your sleep PR. That’s one area I’ve got you beat – mine is 22+ hours.
    Your marathon win absolves you from not doing squats last week.

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    • 3. runningmanz  |  March 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      At least it’s the best I can think of off the top of my head. There may have been some rough stretches in college, particularly senior year, where I might have slept for a whole weekend. But this was DEFINITELY the longest I’ve ever slept uninterrupted without any performance enhancing drugs!

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  • 4. Dan Miranda  |  March 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Your running approach sounds a lot like Dave’s and it seems to work for him! Keep it up.

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    • 5. runningmanz  |  March 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      I think there’s probably some influence there, seeing as how he’s one of the few ultrarunners I know personally. And maybe someday I can be as fast and as awesome as him.

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