Weekly recap 2/6 – 12 and whatever

February 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm 10 comments

I finally have put together two decent weeks in a row! Hallelujah! Praise Cthulhu! Or FSM! But yeah, two weeks of the highest volume running I have ever done and right now as I write this on Sunday night, a little drunk, a little tired, I am surprised at how GOOD I feel! Here’s the recap, then I’ll babble about dumb crap:

Mon – pm: 23 miles, 2:59, downtown Raleigh, first 15 with Jessalyn, last 8 solo a little quicker
Tue – am: 3 miles, super slow on Duke XC trail//3p- 3 miles, slightly less slow on Duke XC trail//830p: 13 miles, 1:51 on treadmill at Y
Wed – 5:30p- 12 miles, 1:39, Umstead and then Cary Parkway to Y, then some squats and other lifting at Y, then 8:30p- 6 miles, 55:30 back home along Cary Pkwy
Thu – am: 3 miles, super slow on Duke XC trail//pm: 13 miles, 1:49 on Duke East campus loop, bathroom pitstop at mile 5
Fri – pm: 12 miles, 1:27 at American Tobacco trail (soft side), 2 easy, 4×1 mile quickish/1 mile easy (6:20, 5:00*, 5:50, 5:47 for quickish miles, 2nd mile cut short at 0.9 to take shit in woods), then 2 miles steady ~13:40, then 1 mile easy
Sat – am: 29 miles, 3:58, at Umstead, 2 loops of Umstead 100 course (1:43:45, 1:38:15) plus some extra
Sun – 16 miles, 2:18, at Umstead, started with some fast ladies from BCTC, ended with just Kate as everyone peeled off to do slightly less

Total for week – 133 miles, a little over 18 hours

The distance covered represented both a Mon-Sun and an overall any-seven-days personal high, ever. Last week I had set the seven day high at 132. The numbers are not particularly important, the time on my feet is, at least I think. To be completely honest, I don’t really know what the hell I’m doing. I figure I have a 100 mile race in seven weeks, a 12 hour race a few weeks after that, and two 24 hour races later this year. The more time I spend running, and un-injured, the better. So that’s what I’ve done. I feel pretty good. I’ve slowed down and just run more. Although this week’s average pace for all miles is somewhat faster than last week’s, probably mostly because of Friday’s pseudo-workout and the quicker long run on Saturday. Either way, I have no business feeling as good as I do considering what I’ve done the past two weeks. My legs actually felt like they could go a lot longer today. This bodes well.

A few random thoughts: today’s run was nice. I started with five awesome, fast ladies from the Bull City Track Club. Most of them are running the Boston marathon this year. We ran some of the bridle trail and some of the single track at Umstead. I’d say at least 85% of the running I do in a given week is by myself, so it’s nice to do some miles with other people. The main issue is that it’s hard to find someone who wants to run upwards of 2 hours during the week, although Jessalyn has done that a few times already, including last Monday. I kind of like doing the long, long runs solo as it helps not just with the physical stuff but with some mental toughness too (at least I think it does), but the other runs, like today, are much better with some company. I think I’m doing a better job of branching out and trying to be more social, at least within the running group. I went to the Bull City spring kick-off event at Fullsteam tonight (how can you argue with free Fullsteam beer?!) and actually talked to people instead of just standing awkwardly by myself drinking beer and reminding myself how much of a loser I am!

Another thing that I wanted to mention that amused me — Friday night I was on the phone with my mom. She asked me about what my plans were for the weekend. I mentioned that Saturday I had plans on running 28 miles (obviously I overachieved) and her response was simple, “Oh, that’s not too bad.” That’s not too bad. For a 28 mile run. I had to laugh, out loud. The type of running I have gotten into, this ultrarunning stuff, has completely skewered my mom’s perspective on running. Most people in the world will never even attempt a marathon. For the ones who do, it’s a gigantic achievement. And a marathon IS a big deal. But the distance (not the race, there is a big difference) is not a big deal for me anymore. I did my long run yesterday and was absolutely fine this morning. Ho hum. A year or so ago, telling my mom that would have elicited serious concern and worry for my safety and well-being. Now it barely registers. I have ruined my parents as far as realizing what constitutes a significant distance to run. It kind of put into perspective just how far I’ve come in a year. Last year, at this time, I was still thinking my goal for the fall would be to race a fast half marathon. Oh younger Mark, if only you’d known what your future held. So naive!

This week I’m looking to run similarly to the past two — lots of miles, lots of time on my feet, lots of time on the trai. A longer long run at Umstead this weekend, maybe another sorta-workout, hopefully some more running with people (apparently my pace fits perfectly with all the women in the track club that are running Boston this year, why the hell would I complain about that?!)

Til next time, RUN HAPPY everyone!

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  • 1. Hope Knight  |  February 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Oh, older and, presumably more crazy Mark . . . Congrats on another great week! And, breaking your mom of that antiquated notion that a marathon is a long distance ;).

    But seriously, you are an inspiration! I have enjoyed reading your blogs and I am glad to hear that you stepped out and enjoyed a beer with others . . . did you fraternize as well? Hahaha! I am sure you did :).

    I think my favorite part of this post was the completely superfluous addition of the “shit in the woods”. Hehe! Anyways . . . keep running and keep writing about your discoveries. It’s helping me get through my slump.


    • 2. runningmanz  |  February 12, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks Hope, I really appreciate it! I’m glad someone enjoys the drivel! There WAS a fair amount of fraternizing tonight even, I barely recognized myself!

      It amuses me that something like “shit in the woods” is not particularly noteworthy for me anymore. It happened,it’s happened before, it surely will happen again. NBD

      What’s this about a slump?!

  • 3. Hope Knight  |  February 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I know, right?!? The shit in the woods thing is indeed commonplace now.
    The slump is multifaceted and has been fostered by a vast array of things that are not for ‘public consumption’ . . . Can share with you at another point . . . but the end result is this: my running has been severly affected. I am running 6 days a week but my time and distance has been cut down due to things beyond my control.

    All I know is that I want the joy and feeling of ‘mental tumbleweeds’ back when I run . . . I love that! I want it sooooo bad! Plus, I want to be able to run some ultras this year so badly and I am so scared that this slump is going to be a major setback :-/

    I was doing so well back in early December when you first met me at Hellgate . . . ugh . . . then, it’s like everything went to shit.

    • 4. runningmanz  |  February 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      :( No bueno! If you wanna share later or whenever, feel free to message me. Sorry to hear it’s been a rough stretch since December. Winter is usually a rough time for me too. Fortunately it’s getting toward the end!

  • 5. Katie  |  February 13, 2012 at 8:53 am

    So are you going to do another 60+ miler before Umstead? Because about 4 weeks out would probably be a good time to do so…

    • 6. runningmanz  |  February 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Probably. I think? Four weeks out I’m most likely doing the Umstead trail marathon. That would actually be a good way to start off a long run, do 26 during a race so I only have to worry about logistics for about 40 miles, something I think I can handle (we’ll find out Saturday). Things like this I’d imagine having a coach would be helpful

      • 7. Katie  |  February 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

        It seems like a good idea to me. Alternatively, you could do it three weeks out and then start your taper. You read all the blogs, how does Anton et al time their highest mileage, and how far do they run when they aren’t racing?

  • 8. Adrienne  |  February 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    So, I think you earned a few drinks!! If 133 doesn’t make you mentally tough, I don’t know what will! Nice.

  • 9. Rebecca  |  February 14, 2012 at 7:01 am

    133… wowzers… that’s getting up there with the elites! So, *now* do you feel like you did something? Haha. It is humorous how our non-runner mothers get conditioned. A few weeks ago, I was feeling terrible and cut my 20 down to 16. When I told my mom this, she said, “That’s it for your long run?” Haha.

    Keep up the good work!

    • 10. runningmanz  |  February 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Honestly, I’ve had weeks where I ran much less but felt much more worn out. I guess that’s a good sign! My mom is funny, we were talking about the 100 and she very casually mentioned she expects me to run no slower than 16 hours.


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