Saturday, November 17, 2007

I got my life back...

Well, I got my life back but could someone please give me my fitness? And could someone please give me back my endurance?

I know it's probably unrealistic to expect to do 17 miles after a 10 day layoff. But I just wanted to cover the distance. No heroism. No TLT or middle 6 at marathon pace or anything like that. Just cover the distance.

Well, I covered distance alright but it wasn't 17 miles. It was about 12 and it was a struggle. I felt good enough through 10 but faded fast after that. I don't know what the deal was. I was weak and hungry. And I stopped 3 times to "go to the bathroom" with stomach problems. Guess it's going to take more than just a day of eating right to actually make and impact on my long runs. I'll need a good week of hydrating and eating right to really feel up to par I think.

Next weekend, I'll see how it goes. One more long run like today and I'll have to reset my training plan back a few weeks for Austin. It's just too late to not be doing these long runs.

So, the plan for next week is:
Monday - 5 miles
Tuesday - Silly Walks, 5x180/180at 5k race pace, 2 mile CD
Wednesday - rest
Thursday - TXU Turkey Trot 10K (PR!!! You can bet the ranch!!!)
Friday - rest
Saturday - 18 miles (Tour de Memorial)
Sunday - rest

Sorry there wasn't better news to report on the long run today. But not to worry. I still have my life.

7 comments:

jes said...

Mind if I ask what 'Silly Walks' are?

Steeeve said...

Ooh ooh ooh! I can answer that!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqhlQfXUk7w

jes said...

Hahaha!!! That's exactly what I thought of when I first read the post! Genius!

Anonymous said...

It takes more than just the will to want to do something to actually pull it off. You're lucky you didn't make the 17 because you probably would have ended up injured due to lack of training.

You want to concentrate on your health as you said in your last post. Doing a marathon won't give you your health back.

Exercise and concentrate on your diet first. Be smart.

Vic said...

Anonymous,

Get an ID!!! I hate it when such wise words aren't credited to the one who spoke them. You are right. I thought after my run how that was probably a good thing that I couldn't do 17. :)

Anonymous said...

One of the better analogies I've heard is that when you are on your death bed someday, it's unlikely you'll wish you had spent more time at work! Good luck.

June said...

Vic, I dont understand why doing the marathon seems to be the end all to be all? Your training has been sporadic and from your posts, to be honest, your heart was just never in this marathon training season.

I guess I don't understand. You say you want your health and your life back but at what cost? Why does the marathon (or finishing it) have to be the barometer? You might say that its not, but it certainly appears to be.

I wish you good luck, and hope whatever goals you set, you achieve.