Sunday, February 14, 2010

Marathon has my attention

As this progression continues to the LA marathon I am completing my longest runs ever. This weekend is no different. I was able to run 20 miles yesterday. Not fast, not pretty, but happy and healthy (sort of). Does anyone run 20 miles for the first time and not be in pain or soreness? I was wondering if the half Iron distance triathlon would be harder than the marathon. If the last 6.2 were anything like the last 2 yesterday, MARATHON will have my attention. As hard as this run was yesterday the HIM was harder. The training volume is certainly more. The last 2 miles were tough though. I had a bit of cramping and my feet were very sore. As the day went on the rest of the muscles below my mid-back were very sore. Today my heal is pretty sore and everything else is feeling a lot better. I think having lots of life this week didn't help. I wasn't able to get my mid week run is so I didn't feel recovered from sunday. Monday we rested, tuesday small run of 4 then nothing until saturday. I missed a medium length run. My wife was able to get 16 in despite continuing to battle foot/ankle issues. This week I am hoping to start to incorporate some swimming and may be a bike or two back into my training. When this marathon is over immediately I have an olympic distance triathlon to be ready for. I will recover from marathon running with swimming and biking. I gotta get back into the weight lifting too. I need to be more diligent with my strength training.


"If you feel bad at 10 miles, you're in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you're normal. If you don't feel bad at 26 miles, you're abnormal."

Rob de Castella, winner 1983 World Marathon Championships

OK GOOD, Im normal.

10 comments:

Karl Stutelberg said...

"Does anyone run 20 miles for the first time and not be in pain or soreness?" The answer is NO! I don't recall even running a 20 miler before my first marathon. I do recall being dropped off on south LV Blvd. 20 miles from home with Andi before marathon #2 and both limping home. I think I am finally getting "used to" the 20 miler after 7 years of this marathon stuff. That doesn't mean I don't get sore. That doesn't go away, I am just more used to it. I am at a point now where I can do 20 in the morning, then yard work, and build a garden box in the afternoon. That doesn't happen over night. The strength training/core work that I do certainly helps. I would be cautious adding anything too different this late in the game though. Some light swimming and biking, but be careful not to over do it. They say that the more 20+ milers are in your program, the more likely you are to accomplish your goals. Let me know how you recover this week. An EASY run tomorrow wouldn't be a bad idea.

Missy said...

Blech, 20 miles! I'm happy for you, you're done. I've never met a 20 mile run that I liked. Congrats on getting it over with.

Morgan said...

I slept for almost a day straight after my first 20 miler! :)

Great job buddy!!!

TRI-james said...

I do the 20 milers out and back - you do have to get home after all.

Ben Towery said...

You're well on your way, man!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Congrats on getting that 20 miler done! Wow!

Love the quote at the end....so perfect!

Chuck said...

Great job on your 20 miler!

Lately each time I run 20 miles I am sore for a couple of days. I believe that a half iron triathlon would be much harder then a marathon. Training for three disciplines instead of just concentrating on running requires a lot more planning.

onelittletrigirl said...

I think you have a good recovery plan with the Oly following your Marathon. Not that I have ever ran a marathon, but many of my friends who have, also believe in following with a sprint or oly race in order to have a reason to bounce back after the race.

Caratunk Girl said...

I will never forget my first 20 miler. Ouch. I got home, collapsed, and pondered why the heck I would want to go 6 more miles. I figured out that running 20 more than once helped me a lot in the marathon. Good luck, stay healthy!

Heidi Austin said...

hmmm i would say it's a different kinda pain HIM vs marathon... i would take the triathlon any day over the marathon tho... all that repetition~ boring~! but yes yo u are right it does hurt. i only did 15 today and still took a two hr nap hahah