September 3, 2006
first the rundown (pun intended):
Su: 16.52mi (8:20) in the foggy pitchdark hills with some people I have no business trying to keep up with. too fast too early, dehydrated, stopped the intended 18-miler a little early
M: 6mi (8:51)
T: 13mi (8:57)
W: PM 11.2mi (8:42) overcast, breezy, good company
R: AM 6.8mi incl 12x100m strides. slow, sloggy, sore
F: 4mi (8:56)
Sa: 12.3mi incl attempted 15K. raceday stomach at 5 miles, had to bail, jogged it in
total: 69.8 miles
Ugh, what a shit week. There's just no other way to describe it. I hate this weather, I hate running, I can't run fast, everything hurts, I wake up and don't want to run, I actually understand all those "hellllpppp!!!! I demand some motivation and petting on the head!!!!" posts on coolrunning - the very posts I stand guilty of answering with a snotty-sounding "well, if you don't like running, maybe it's just not for you." I'd hoped to run well (and pick up some much-needed confidence) at the 15K, but my wack stomach had its day. I was ok to five miles - a little off pace, but still 3rd or 4th female at that point - but after that I was in great danger of public disgrace, so I stopped for about 15 minutes, then jogged in. Something similar happened the last time I had to wake up before the bars had even closed to drive to an out-of-town race, so maybe I have Learned a Lesson.
Anyway, I have never felt so unprepared and unqualified four weeks out from a marathon. I hope this is as bad as it gets.
* I never did have the makings of a varsity athlete...
Posted by joe positive at September 3, 2006 3:21 PM
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Ah, the notorious taper let-down. And yours is starting early this time around, ugh. I know it's scary to put so much on the line and have no idea whether it's going to pay off or not. Where is your marathon? (Like I can't read back and see for myself) Hopefully no early morning drive involved, but I've found that ginger chews and mint tea help me to settle my stomach before long races.
Posted by: chelle at September 3, 2006 8:30 PM