I must admit there is no exciting reason for my internet absence other than I simply have not had much extra time. It's really a good thing that I don't blog for a living as I would be flat broke.
I have had so little time to blog as of late that I neglected to show all of you my truly glorious Hampton race photo. You know I rarely miss a chance to show the world how awesome/well dressed/classy I am so this really says something about my schedule.
|The pain face. Haahaha wow! There were better pics but why use those when you have THIS?|
I'm enjoying counting down to Boston this year as it also means that I'm counting down to Spring. I feel that in 6 weeks we might be seeing temps more consistently in the 40's and, perhaps, will have smashed the snowbanks into submission. I am hopeful but not counting on it!
After a thoroughly less than stellar week of training after Hampton I shaped up for a good one last week.
There was nothing at all wrong with me after Hampton, but I admit that I was quite "over" winter, treadmill running and temps in the teens. I was not a particularly positive person that week but I managed to get over it without loosing friends or injuring anyone.
I also made the less than happy discovery that I did NOT PR in Hampton. *sigh* I probably don't need to admit it but I refuse to be a lying liar who lies so here is the deal: I must be such a derp that when I ran Great Bay a couple years ago I was looking at my gun time, or something. My GBH PR still stands at 1:36:27 F**K. I only noticed this because I looked at athlinks and was basically like "......uh oh....." So damnit, I need to run another fast half. UGH!!
I have had a couple of long runs that have made me feel good about the direction my training is heading in. If there is one thing I have learned over the past year it is that each workout shows me something specfic, useful and different. What I mean by that is that I do not judge my potential marathon speed in my long run, I use that to gauge my overall endurance- which at this time feels better than I expected it to given the treadmill winter. I calculate my speed based on what the numbers say in my speedwork, which I'm reasonably pleased with as well. I do find that another factor is recovery time after a long hard week- and that is the thing I'm the most pleased with. My recovery has been fantastic, to the point where if I was still a young, dumb kid I'd be skipping my rest days (which I most certainly would not do!)
|Some post long run shenanigans. Totally normal.|
When I get a second to actually breathe around here I'm going to take a look at my overall training hours for the past month or so. I know that compared to many (or most) marathoners I limit my weekly mileage. It is hard to say if this will be a "forever" thing but for now, I know my body stays healthiest when I am incorporating a variety of strength training and lower mileage than people with my time goals usually put in. Mostly I am curious to see what my weekly totals are in hours rather than miles. Because seriously, marathon training takes up a chunk of the day! *worth it*
So there is the ultra condensed version. I hope to find a little more time to chronicle the lead up to Boston as it's an exciting time. I'm pumped for a few big weeks of training, a big asshole snow storm tomorrow (I'm lying, I could not be LESS excited) and hopefully the arrival of Spring. This winter has been sticking around, being a jerk for long enough!
|This is winter, continuing to be a complete shit head.|