Maybe this time I should avoid getting back on that stuff after Dingle. That shit's not worth it.
Training, on the other hand, is going swimmingly. Or maybe I should say tapering rather than training because the reduced mileage might well have something to do with the legs feeling so good. Last week was still reasonably high with over 70 miles, but that's already a 12% reduction compared to the previous 2 weeks. This week I will get to maybe 50, and next week I will be just ticking over until the race.
I dusted off my racers on Sunday to test them. I haven't worn them in a while and need a few runs in them to adapt the legs. While I was wearing them I did a few faster miles, but got reminded that I have become old, fat and slow. I am about 7 pound above my usual race weight and was at least 30 seconds per mile slower than on tempo runs back in February or March. My next goal race is not until March and there is plenty of time to rectify two out of three issues.
I felt it on Monday, the combination of a few faster miles and several hours of gardening left me with a pair of concrete pillars where my legs used to be. Because of that, and because I am tapering anyway, I only ran short and easy 5 miles both yesterday and this morning and I can already feel the benefits of those easy days.
My heart rate/pace numbers are actually very good at the moment. I am still recovering from Bangor and overall I'm still feeling a little bit better every day. I think my aerobic system has gotten a bit of a shock from running 126 miles in one go and responded accordingly; I am now reaping the benefits from that. If that will translate into a faster marathon time next year or if my pace has permanently gone, will eventually be revealed. Let's get Dingle out of the way first.
- 19 Aug
- 10 miles, 1:10:18, 7:02 pace, HR 151
incl 7 miles @ 6:50
- 20 Aug
- 5 miles, 40:08, 8:02 pace, HR 134
- 21 Aug
- 5 miles, 38:47, 7:45 pace, HR 136