Monday, October 19, 2009

A Mixed Bag

The weekend was expected to be a total washout weatherwise but I was able to sneak in some training. While training some thoughts bounced through my head. Some may be borderline psychotic but I thought I share anyway.

  • I hate running on the dreadmill. I got home late on Friday and ran about 5 minutes of my expected hour and then called it a night. I wasn't feeling 100% and had a long run scheduled the next morning so I bailed. The forecast said that the weather was supposed to get worse as the day went on so it was good that I was meeting a group at 7AM to get a long run in.
  • The clock went off at 5:51, my usual wake up time. I turned off the clock, went back to sleep, and got up at 9AM. I guess I needed the rest.
  • Even though the temp was in the mid 40s it was still dry so I thought I'd get my long run in outdoors (after all I'm, in theory, training for a marathon). I'm already behind due to my somewhat forced vacation so I needed some miles under my belt ( I got some new belts that were size 34 so that made me happy even though I don't seem to be dropping pounds). Still wasn't feeling great though with body aches and a head ache.
  • On the plan was 8-10 miles. I wanted to slow/steady/easy (whichever would work) and just get it done. For me, that should be 11:45-12:15/mile.
  • I don't think I can push it faster than that at this time but don't know if my inability to push the pace is mental or physical from my injuries. I really need to get better but the only cure seems to be time. Pain sucks.
  • It seemed like every time I looked at the Garmin during the run, I was going too slow. Kept going anyway at a comfy pace with the howling wind (20-30mph) and it looking like it was going to pour at any minute.
  • Thought about my Iron Dreams while running. I have "permission" from the family to do one (and only one) that will hopefully be sometime in 2011. I hope I do good enough so that one will be enough but not good enough to think I need to do more.
  • I need a marathon under that same new belt to feel that I would have a decent shot at a 140.6 before I sign up for one. If I'm looking at IMFL, I don't know how 2010NYC 26.2 fits in the calendar.
  • Finished 8.25 miles and when I downloaded the results it said 11:58/mile pace. Still can't figure that one out.
  • The rain started when I got into my car to head home. This never happens to me (rain waiting until I was done). Most of the time it starts at the furthest point from "sanctuary." I saw this as a good omen.
  • Had a two hour ride scheduled on Sunday and the weather hit a new level of craptastic with 43 degress and rain going sideways.
  • My daughter had a soccer game Sunday 9AM. They played it in the rain and wind. Her team was down a player for the whole game (10v11) and unfortunately they lost in the last minute 1-0. One of the other team's parents described my daughter's team's effort as heroic. I watched the whole game from the sidelines and I agree they showed a lot of heart.
  • J-E-T-S could stand for Just End The Season again.
  • Late at night I got on the trainer. Wasn't going to be able to do the scheduled 2 hours but did a mellow 60 minutes instead. Watched "Animal House" DVD while I rode and I wondered what would be the best movie to watch while on the trainer. Will try to figure that out as the off season progresses. Perhaps a chick flick like "Gladiator"?


Carolina John said...

all good stuff in there Rockstar. You do have to allow more time. I also have to allow more time. if you can do a half, you can cover 140.6. i want to hit imfl 2010. and i've never done a 70.3 yet (18 days to go, but who's counting.)

Diane said...

You are cracking me up with words like dreadmill and craptastic! At least you haven't lost your sense of humor.

Keep up the good work and oh, by the way - 8 miles while you are still, supposedly, recovering? You are either awesome or insane or maybe a little bit of both. Still cheering for you!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

happy to read you're getting some training in again! :)

Unknown said...

The same thing happens to me when I look at my Garmin it always seems like I'm going too slow, then the results are something else. I think maybe it's because I slow down a bit when I check my watch? Lately, I've tried to avoid looking at it for anything other than distance...

And I agree. Pain sucks... Hang in there!

Missy said...

IMFL is a great race but it makes for a VERY long season. Keep that in mind. I tend to get fried out at the end of the year when everyone else is done.

Al's CL Reviews said...

You are doing great!