October 17, 2007
back from the land of dee enn eff
unapology: I DNF'd Twin Cities at 12.5 miles. At that point I was on pace for 3:10 but felt like utter crap and knew I wouldn't last. I decided I was not going to waste the summer's training on a PW and the accompanying weeks-long recovery. And I am not the kind of runner who finds value in a leisurely 3.5-hour (or longer!) training run. So I opted for the big yellow bus to the finish. No medal, no tech shirt, no hat, no PW, (almost) no recovery.
So I am training for the Jacksonville Bank Marathon Dec 16. And here's last week:
T: 5.01mi (8:46)
W: 7mi incl 8x200 (avg 40s)
R: 8mi (8:22) tiny cool front came through, yay
F: 8mi (8:33)
Sa: 5.4mi incl 5K (19:30, 1F)
Su: 15mi (7:26) just perfect, one of those days we live for
total: 48.4 measly miles
This week should go about 65 miles and next week will get me over 75 again. The schedule is a big blank after that, but I hope to get 5 good weeks of training (80s-90s-?, with workouts and everything) before Jax. The other day I noticed some fairly sharp pain in my left knee, but it seems to be subsiding. Otherwise I feel pretty good, but then again it's not like I just ran a marathon or anything, just did 12.5 at marathon pace in crap weather.
Posted by joe positive at October 17, 2007 12:42 PM
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Smart move to drop. I wish I had done that a few years ago when it was 70 and humid there....which for me, from Boston, was HOT. I didn't and suffered and have not run a marathon since! You were right and smart and I wish you a great race in JAX.
Posted by: Jennifer at October 17, 2007 9:04 PM
Hey Karen. Sucks about the DNF. But kudos for pulling out. I shake my head sometimes when people expose themselves to high injury risk because "finishing is everything".
I already knew you were that sensible, but it's nice to see it confirmed. Good luck training for Jax!
Posted by: Brian B at October 26, 2007 6:20 PM