Monday, December 7, 2009

Painful Eight

I'm not quite sure what the deal was yesterday. I ran the most painful eight miles that I have in quite a while. I had plenty of lung - the entire problem was from the hips down. It felt like my legs were full of sand - to move them required a *lot* of effort. To add fuel to the fire, every step was painful. I was ready to throw in the towel and turn around after two and a half miles, but I just told myself to HTFU and not wimp out. When I hit six miles I had to really push with every step just to keep moving. Yesterday *nothing* was smooth or fluid or easy.

Final stats on the run: 8 miles at an average pace of 9:57 including a final mile in a 9:38. On the positive side, I kept my heart rate down - only averaged 75% of MHR. But, it was a hour and a half of struggle. I finished week 3 right on tack. 32.5 miles. One good quality work out on the track. A bunch of good aerobic miles under my belt.

On the calendar this week (week 4 of 18):
  • Monday: 3 miles GA (general aerobic). Stretching and core work.
  • Tuesday: 6 miles GA
  • Wednesday: 3 miles GA. Stretching and core.
  • Thursday: 4 hill repeats. Two mile warm up, one mile cool down for 5.5 miles total.
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 13 mile long run.
  • Sunday: 6 miles Marathon Pace.
  • Total planned miles: 36
This week may be a bit of a challenge. The issue is going to be weather. We are supposed to get our first major storm starting today, and the forecast is for wet weather off and on throughout the week. Anyone East of the Colorado River is probably chuckling at this point, but I'll be the first to admit my wimpiness! The motivation to get the miles in is great though - I'm 102 miles short of 1500 for the year....


  1. Ugg I hate when the lungs feel good and the legs feel heavy! Great job!

    Glenn - if you have a chance can you email me at Morningrunner12 {at} gmail {dot} com
    i need some advice but I don't want to leave it here in a comment.

  2. Believe it or not, this may be delayed fatigue/soreness/stiffness from your FIL's death. You may have been the strong one then, which can put your body throgh some serious strain. I'm just sayin'.

  3. Hmmm Glenn, That sounds a lot like what happened to me a few weeks ago. I hope that you bounce back, like I am sure you will. Good luck on your training. Looking forward to see how you are doing soon. Take care.

  4. Sorry about the crappy run. Just means there's a great one in the not so distant future. :) Love the new header by the way!!

  5. so was it painful or just heavy-legs? i hope it wasn't real bad pain at least.

    hope this week is off to a good start! pull back and take it easy if your body is signaling for you too. like jo lynn said, the body is affected more than we think by events like the death of a family member.

    per your comment on my comment... marathon training or not - 20 secs per repeat is still awesome! :)

  6. My 2 cents... take it or leave it... but sometimes it's better to cut a run short or take an extra day off it your really feeling crappy; marathon schedule be damned... you don't want to win the battle but lose the war.

    Good luck with your future training. Hope you snap back quickly!

  7. I know! How are we going to get our mileage in this week? Track workouts? We're truly spoiled and I'm super wimpy but who can run in this wind? Hope your legs freshen up!

  8. Sometimes you just have to pack it in and live to fight another day.