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State of Training.

27 September 2016

I am about halfway to the marathon, and I’m worried about my fitness. My last two races, a 10k and a half-marathon, both went “badly”. BB is much much fitter than I am right now, and I’m concerned about my endurance in a long race. I need some good news. I am concerned I don’t have enough miles on my calendar to be ready in time. I really let my fitness lapse this summer without realizing it, and I’m paying for it now. I need to get my work on.

I’ve run 196.6 miles in 8 weeks, and I have 8 weeks until the race. We have 15 miles on the calendar this weekend. I got 16.5 miles in during my trip to Rome on three runs, the longest of which was 6.5 miles. Considering I’d budgeted for 0, I’ll call that a win. There were some hills and a lot of traffic, but I managed to average somewhere around a 9:45 pace for those miles. My heart rate is still spiking in ways that make me worried about my cardiovascular health.

I’m a little sick at the moment, but that’s just going to have to be the way it is. Given that I’m feeling like I have a cold, I canceled my gym day and am going to run instead. I need to do 5-6 miles but I’m thinking of adding a few just to lengthen my short runs so that the long run is a little easier. I don’t want to over train, but I can’t afford to be lazy. Not a single one of my long runs has been good or uninterrupted by walks.

The summer was hot and humid, but I learned something really important. 200 miles on the bike is no substitute for 40 miles running. It’s just not sufficient to keep me fit. It’s not good enough for my endurance or my CV health. That makes this fall harder, and being fit for the marathon more challenging. I need to step it up a notch or I’m not going to get there. That means longer, faster runs, even if it hurts.

I’m also worried that BB is so much faster and stronger than I am now that she’ll get bored of jogging alongside me while I struggle. It’s not fair for me to hold her back. I need to get more fit so that I can keep up with her, and not be a millstone. That’s going to require that I work harder. I was lazy this summer, thinking that I could just cruise through the hot months doing 50 miles a month. Stupid and lazy.

Luckily, I know what to do. I just hope I have time. I’m gonna have to run like hell.

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  1. Biochembelle permalink
    27 September 2016 08:13

    You weren’t lazy this summer. You did something different. You did a hard thing! And you learned a lesson about what you need to do to maintain endurance running.

    We’ll make things work for this marathon and all the long runs en route. Remember: This isn’t really about pace, and it isn’t even just about physical fitness for us. It’s about doing challenging things and having time, often together, when we unplug from the world.

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