Sunday, September 25, 2011

Starting to wear me down...

Running only now for the last month.  First time in my life I have committed so whole heartedly to the run. I want to race though.  Everyone around me is racing.  I will be traveling to coach races and missing my wife and friends race and I miss racing.  I know my fitness is progressing and my run fitness will no doubt make me a far better triathlete.  Who knows may be I am kidding myself, may be I am a runner only.  (eh Karl?)  I just know that day in and day out I am doing the work and striving to move the blocks that I have put in front of myself.  I though of this yesterday while on my long run/workout.  KD said something about feeling sorry for yourself.  I was thinking "me compared to me, sometimes I do that."  I will think, no one else is even out here and you are at least running.  But then If I look at how I perform compared to myself, can i work harder?  I have had some fatigue and soreness this week.  I took 2 days off and still feel very tired.  My hips are sore, My feet were killing me yesterday.  I got some new trail shoes since the rocks were killing my feet.  I met my week mileage goal, my long run now that I look at it should have been 14 and not 12, and I did not get my specialty work in. I did not plan the week better.  Here is how my week went:

Monday-Off....finally get some sleep and rest.
Tuesday-I dont know how to interpret my watch data but looks like a bunch of fun.  20 min warm up/drills and strides.  Then 4000 m at 7:48 pace and then another rep of something but it includes a cool down.  I had some time so I went home and ran with Sully some too.  For a total of 7 miles.
Wednesday-Easy run.  Lately I feel like I have been neglecting Sully.  So we ran 4 miles on the jeep trails out by my house.  I felt very tired and sore.  Now that I think about it, the shoes I was wearing were not working for me.  I thought it was longer but I ran out of time.
Thursday-Supposed to be a progression run.  Easy warm-up ended up about a mile or so then drills and strides.  This was supposed to be 12 min at 8:30-8:45, 12 min at 7:55-8:05, and then I was going to go at 7:30 the last 12 min.  Here is how it actually went:  8:42, 8:03, and 9:25, lol.  Sully actually got lost.  He disobeyed me and went with the much faster runners then didnt stay with them.  I was very scared and ended up running another mile to locate him.  Then the cool down was further than I thought.  Ended up with 7 miles total.  I got some good time at race pace but I was not able to keep it.  Tired, sore, scared, and not into it.  I am looking for a day off at this point.
Friday-Day off
Saturday-Long run.  With the girls previewing the race course I thought I would get up early so I can get a total of 12 in.  Today I looked and it should have been 14 and not 12.  It would have been no big deal but I woke up late.  Ran 10 with the girls, including 3 times around the 5K course and then 2 in a while after.  All averaged 9:32.  With rest in between and some faster then I should go.  SUrprised to look at the data.  I know I can go faster over the same period.  I am looking forward to running regular. This cross-country is keeping me from good quality workouts, lol.  Or may be this is just what I need.  I feel tired and sore but nothing that makes me want to stop.  Today was the last draw on my feet.  New shoes are in order.  The rocks are killing me.
Sunday-Easy run-Kinda.  We are going to try to run every weekend at mt. Charleston.  We had a 15 min warm-up, ran 2 hill repeats, then I ran 40 min easy with the lower group.  A total of 6 miles.  New shoes treated me just right.  Lungs felt TONS better but my legs were trashed.  The hills were brutal but got them done.  Deer Creek and Bristlecone are the best.
Stats-36 miles total.  Had some good points and some low lights.  The XC team prolly will taper some this week to get ready for our home race but I will be better at getting my stuff done.  My long run wasnt long enough and it was an oversight on my part.  I am looking forward to some longer faster stuff to see where I am at.  Quote:

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
 Mario Andretti

My goal seems so far away.  Las Vegas marathon cannot get here soon enough.


Chuck said...

Keep plugging away! The Las Vegas Marathon will be here before you know it!

Karl Stutelberg said...

Ron, it sounds like you are running too hard on some of the easy days. Some of that may be unavoidable with the xc team but try and make sure the easy days are easy. A hard day should almost always be followed by an easy day. You must let your body absorb all this training. It may take your body 4-6 weeks to adapt so try not to make any huge jumps in the next 4 weeks and add in a recovery week every 2-3 weeks with just a slight decrease in mileage to help with that training absorbtion! Remember, spread the stress out evenly over the entire week, and listen to your body. Hope this helps. Keep at it. Oh, and a race might be just the thing you need. Swap it with a ya go