Week of November 5-11 (22 weeks to the National Marathon – March 29, 2008)
Monday 15 miles in 1:39:08
Felt pretty strong the entire time and easily could have gone another 20 minutes without batting an eye. My form was good and all of that, however, I noticed that the pace dipped a bit on uphills. The effort didn't change, but the pace was bad. On flat ground I'm really decent.
Tuesday 15 miles in 1:41:53
I did the same exact run as yesterday, though it was much slower. I felt strong, though, and a little better on the hills. But I definitely was tired during most of the run. The good part is that it was a strength run and I felt strong.
Wednesday 10 miles in 65:04
I ran steady 6:30 pace and it felt easy. Actually, I was a little bummed I had to stop. I felt pretty good. Still, it's a little too early to push it too much. I'm still trying to figure out whether or not I should run on Sunday.
1st 5: 32:25 2nd 5: 32:39
Thursday 1st run: 11 miles in 1:14:22
2nd run: 3.8 in 26:59
This was kind of tough. My legs were tight and tired from -- I guess -- not sleeping well last night and waking up early. Plus, I'm putting on the miles again and maybe I'm not adjusted yet.splits: 1st 5: 33:24.11 2nd 5: 33:44.86
Added an easy run at night. I went out later than I wanted because Brad Lidge was traded to the Phillies, so what are you going to do? Anyway, I went 3.8 miles in 26:59. I fought the slightest urge to run hard -- the point of adding the short and sweet second run is not to run too hard. I'm going to have to teach myself to go light.
Friday 10 miles in 64:58
My stomach bothered me for the first six miles, but my legs felt great. Maybe there's a difference between drinking coffee in the morning instead of Red Bull? You can't mix coffee with vodka, though.Either way, I felt great and the running felt easy. I think I'm into it now... we'll see what happens. splits: 1st 5: 32:34 2nd 5: 32:24
Saturday 10 miles in 67:31
My stomach bothered me again -- I think it might be the ibuprofen. Other than that, it was a slight drag to get out of the house. Still, I ran rather well and my legs felt decent. I didn't push the pace really at all... I just kind of settled in.I think I'm going to try to get up tomorrow morning and go to Harrisburg... we'll see.
Sunday 10 miles in 58:23
I ended up staying awake all last night with a stomach ache where I worried about whether or not I OD'd on ibuprofen. Either way I've officially decided that I'm finished with ALL drugs. And I mean ALL drugs.Anyway, I pushed myself out the door and ran to Mountville. I started out solid but not spectacular though I really ran hard from about 2 miles away and broke my course record. Interestingly, I paid attention to the terrain and noticed that there were a lot more hills than I thought on the route. It was a pretty good run. Better yet, my stomach isn't bothering me as much as it did yesterday, though I'm starting to get a headache... it's always something.