May 7, 2006
every raw material at hand
For the past couple of weeks I haven't felt much like writing about running. I haven't stopped running, just haven't been able to find anything interesting to say about it. My work schedule is forgiving enough that I can run with friends two days a week instead of once every six weeks. The PF in my heel still lingers, improving by 1 or 2% per week but still there, especially after a hard run. In the spirit of that sucky 5-miler a few weeks ago, I ran a resoundingly mediocre 10K as part of a triathlon relay last weekend, and insult-to-injury it took two and a half days to recover.
So this week, riding the crest of all this mediocrity, I started the buildup for that marathon at the end of September. I ran 73 miles, all of it slow-to-middling. Next week I'll run 80. Sometime in June I'll get to 100 and try to sustain that for 4 or 5 weeks without anything shattering or falling off, then cut back the volume and try to get strong. During this period (says super head-coach Mike) there will be no racing or other foolishness, only strides. When you're not a fast runner, a big base is the only hope. Still, I wish I had a couple of good short races under my belt before starting this training.
I really gotta stop being so negative.
Posted by joe positive at May 7, 2006 1:05 PM
you crack me up
Posted by: corrado giambalvo at May 7, 2006 6:25 PM
Posted by: joe positive at May 7, 2006 6:31 PM
You sure are alot faster than alot of people. Thank you for the advice. I always thought that I should have a big base to get better. But when I tell people I run a measly 60 mile week and I need to add more, they are always telling me my problem is I run too much!! I wish I could run a 3:50 marathon on a 35mile a week training program. The sad thing I do really know people that can do it. The only conclusion a natural. Poor slobs like me have to work hard as hell.
Posted by: DawnB at May 7, 2006 7:25 PM
100 miles/week. WOW. I can only dream of getting there, but I really believe that the "secret" to running a good marathon is high volume. I still feel a few years away from that. I am excited to see the results of your training!
Posted by: bridget at May 7, 2006 11:23 PM
...this fight with negativity is captivating...
Posted by: corrado giambalvo at May 8, 2006 3:56 PM