Marathon Training week 9

I AM BACK!

Amanda at Results Physiotherapy did a great job working me through the achilles problem. I am now running symptom free. Do I still have weird mechanics? Yes. I will keep doing my exercises and work on strength and flexibility. I am just glad to be running again.

Monday: 4.9 @ 7:42
My hamstrings felt a little tight on this morning run with Alexis and Mark. I must admit that I was pretty excited by the hamstring – it meant my achilles wasn’t hurting :)

Tuesday: 7.5 @ 7:40
Another morning run up and down music row with Mark. Felt great.

Wednesday: 4.3 @ ???, 5.6 @ 6:49
East Nasty route # 2. Ran it first at 6am and then again at 6pm. My watch is starting to die (stuck start/stop button followed by a non-working lap button). I couldn’t get it to work for the morning run. The evening run was run quicker with the fasty group and then we added on the extra two before hitting up Nashville Running Company for pint night. It felt great to run a few quicker miles without any pain.

WE INTERRUPT THIS MARATHON TRAINING PROGRAM TO BRING YOU A WEDDING IN PALM SPRINGS. DUE TO CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHTS, REHEARSAL DINNERS, RECEPTIONS AND AFTER-PARTIES THERE MAY BE AN INCREASED CHANCE OF MISSED WORKOUTS. THERE IS A 100% CHANCE OF OVER-COMSUMPTION OF FOOD AND BEVERAGES.

Thursday: off (travel)

Friday: 2 mile hike in the mountains, 3-4 mile run in the heat
It was great to hike in the mountains with Erica, Robin, and Jen. There were several lizard sightings and only one wrong turn.

After the hike I ran back to the hotel. I was itching to run, so I may have started a little fast (especially considering it was 90 degrees out). After the run I changed shorts and jumped into the pool and, uh, “re-hydrated” with a few mojitos.

Saturday: 2 mile warmup, 5k in 18:20, 1 mile warm-down
We were out late Friday night celebrating. I DID NOT want to race this 5k and had a really hard time psyching myself up. During the warmup I was having to talk myself into it. Of course, everything changes when the gun goes off.

There were a couple of kids who took off from the start. It is common for kids to start too fast and then die. There was another guy wearing team kit from the local running store so I just tried to stay close to him. By about the half-mile mark I realized the kids were not slowing down, I also probably wasn’t going to be able to catch them unless they faded. I stayed with the local guy and decided to fight for 3rd. He started fading a little at the second mile and I was right on his heels. At the 2.5 mile mark we made a left turn back onto the main road for a long straight shot to the finish. I went ahead and passed him on the inside of that turn and tried to pick up the pace for the last 3 minutes. It was hot, it hurt, and I had to go to the bathroom.

I am pretty disappointed with the time, but glad that I placed. There was talk about the course possibly being about a tenth of a mile long. That would make sense from an overall time perspective, but I am pretty hesitant to assume a course was long or short. Either way, I have work to do, but my achilles didn’t hurt at all :)

Sunday: off (travel)
Brunch was awesome though :)

Weekly Summary: 33-ish miles
I was maintaining a 50+ mile 7-day average until our trip. Family need to come first some times, so I am not worried about that. At least I got to pick up a trophy and get some miles in.

3 weeks until Country Music half-marathon. 8 weeks until the Rock & Roll San Diego Marathon. I am over halfway through the training cycle now and still have a long way to go.

As for my broken GPS watch, I am on the fence as to whether I should buy a new one or if I should just run without a watch. Maybe I could get an Ironman for running intervals or something, but not a full GPS watch. It is scary to run without the feedback, but it might be good for me.