Sunday, September 17, 2006

Bad Distance Runners BAD!!!

Well disappointment.

Today was a 17 with 14 at marathon pace. After all the good runs we had this week we were looking forward to it. Unfortunaly I don't think Jason and I are recovering enough and I think we are doing our midweek runs too fast. What does that mean? Dead, tired and not moving legs. We stopped several times in the first three miles for water and to stretch and after 4 miles (that's total not an additional :-( ) we stopped and stared at each other with the What The Fuck look in our eyes.

Granted we know this is not good, however, we have 5 weeks to get our shit together. We have a few long runs to get in still and 5 weeks to work on sleeping and eating better. One slice of frozen pizza after the 12 miles just isn't going to cut it. I also realize that we have missed a few of our longer runs in the training schedule, so I guess we can say we are running a modified Pfitz program. Since this is only our second marathon and we have had a summer from hell I am not that worried about it. I think we have already done more total miles than the plan we followed last summer and we ran 4:20 last year. We are hoping with the additional runs (even though we have missed some) we will be able to get under 4 hours this year. That's the plan anyways.

I am very dissapointed but I am hoping that next week things will go better. We will probably get up early tomorrow and try to run 10 at a brisk pace to make up for today. Then we'll do our run on tuesday in the evening to still give us plenty of recovery time.

Dammit Dammit Dammit.

11 comments:

Bob said...

Shake it off guys, you will be fine, chalk it up to a bad day.

Ry said...

keep faith, L&J. If you plan and take the pressure off of yourselves, you'll be able to hit all of your schedule mileage this week.

Nicole said...

No worries! We all miss runs and have dead leg syndrome every once a while! You guys are rock stars and will break 4 I'm sure.

Full Metal Lunchbox said...

I agree with Bob; shake it off.

You guys are doing terrific and are entitled to an off day every now and again.

The important thing is that you are out there running.  No doubt your persistence will pay off on race day.

Scott said...

I can't believe you're getting any training in at all with moving and working at Fermi. Keep the faith! You'll do great!
DAd

Running Jayhawk said...

We've all had those days...you'll have everything in check come Oct. 22nd.

Anne said...

Hi guys...

I have been following your progress all summer. I am also training for a fall marathon... the Toronto Marathon in October 15... I totally know what you mean about sleep and proper eating... jelly beans and french fries just don't seem to cut it now that I am trying to run 36K (22.5m)! I have never done a maraton before so I have no idea what to expect. I just wanted to say that I have found your blog very inspiring... thanks for posting about the bad runs as well as the good ones... that's the reality of training right?

Cheers and good luck!!

Anne

Lana said...

You guys will be fine...I think there's a fine line between where you do and don't get recovered...you'll be back on track in no time.

Michele said...

Don't worry about it, we all have those kind of runs.
Like you said, you had great runs all week. One bad one isnt' going to kill your marathon.
Y'all have trained hard and it will pay off Oct 22nd.

Josh said...

Everyone has a bad run here and there. Even if it is five weeks out, that's still okay. You both have been training hard, and you'll get your sub four hour marathon. I know it.

Firefly's Running said...

Hang in there. I have had those days. Take it one day at a time and go from there.