Sunday, August 30, 2015

August 30

When you really think about it, there really is much difference between a good run and a bad run. When it comes right down to it, isn't it just a matter of perspective?

Take today's 8 mile run. The goal was to do 10 miles in an hour and a half with miles 2-9 at or near an 8 minute pace. Well after the 1 mile warmup, which I forgot to start off by walking, mile 2 was a little slow but seeming to go according to plan. Unfortunately that was not going to last for long. As I approached the 3 mile mark I was loosing some of the pep that I had in my step.

From here, my pace just continued to slow as my legs just seemed to have nothing. Now this isn't a good thing by any stretch of the imagination with a 26.2 race that needs to be run at 7:40 or better in less than 2 short weeks but there are also a few things in play that have me feeling ok with it.

One thing that I have to remember is even though I fueled with UCAN and ENERGYbits prior to the run, I am still in a fasted state so other than this very low amount of carbs (20ish g) my body has nothing to draw on but my stored fat. However, although I am fairly well fat adapted after months of no sugar and low carbs there really isn't a lot to assist the fat conversion to energy.

Another factor that I have to consider is that it's been 2 weeks with no running. Sure, I've been getting quality time on the beast but there is no substitute for being out there and getting in those miles. I'm just going to have to hunker down and get some speedwork in this week.

It was a beautiful morning out there as I was out well before the sun came up. The temperature was around 80 but with last night's storm the humidity was on the high side. With the full moon there was enough light to see without needing my Run-Bright LED lights (==>) although I still wore a flashing red arm band (coming soon).

I was really hoping that this was going to be one of those great runs that was going to exceed expectations but isn't every run a good run? Just being able to get out there and run is not something that everyone has the ability to do so I consider myself lucky to be able to do so.

Determined to not let this run get me down so even with my energy low and my PF starting to make itself known, there was nothing left to do over the last mile but fartlek. It started with a hard run to the next light pole. Since that was going so well I pushed for the next one, then the next one. I was able to keep this up for over a quarter mile before I needed to back off. After catching myself I did one last half mile effort before it was time to cool down.

And there it is. Nothing left to do but rest up today and tomorrow before getting back at it on Tuesday. Since this is the last day I'll be running in August, it looks like the 100 mile for the month streak is broken at 5, or is it? Even though I only logged 50.3 miles, the nearly 16 hours on the elliptical over the last 2 weeks would be good for 70+ miles at a 13 minute/mile pace so I say the streak continues.

So as much as this run is a disappointment on some levels and does not bode well for my chances of a BQ in 2 weeks, on any given day anything can happen when you dream big. You never know until you try.

As Dr Jim Afremow recently told me "It's all there for the taking - GO TAKE IT!" and I'm going to listen to his advice.

August total - 50.3 miles running/15.8 hours elliptical


  1. "nothing left to do but fartlek" :) Being smart and living to run another day is so often the name of the game, and it's tough. Glad you've got a good mindset.

    Commendable dedication on the elliptical! (mine was pool running, ellipticals are incredibly hard for me for some reason)

    Curious - did you consult personally with Afremow? I've read his books and listened to podcasts, but haven't set up a skype. I guess he's local to you. (if you blogged about it, sorry I missed it, LMK....if you didn't blog about it, would you consider doing so?)

    Believe it's possible - people have managed amazing things, and sometimes race day is magic. I'll be rooting for you, know that! FWIW, maybe my good vibes to you will help more coming from me as a Chicago-area born & raised runner.

    1. Thanks M

      As I'm maturing as a runner I've learned to listen to my body more. I was hoping that the 2 weeks off my feet would halp out in the PF department but that doesn't seem to be the case. At least it has been managable and doesn't really bother me all that much. It's just something I'll have to deal with.

      In regards to Jim, it was a few DMs through Twitter after a comment I made and he reached out to me. It was brief but it helped me put things into perspective which has put me in a better place mentally. While I still have my doubts about my chances, I also know that I am capable of doing it and if I don't it's not the end of the world.

      You are so correct about race day. It's amazing what the mind/body will do when the competative juices are flowing. I'm also counting on the 25-30 degree temperature difference helping me greatly as will a paced pack of about 30 runners. The race is set up to give us the best chance at a BQ which is why I picked it.

      I really appreciate the support for you as well as the rest of the running community. Everyone has been there for me and even puts up with my whining. You all can't imaging how great that makes me feel.

      I really am looking forward to this challenge win or lose. If you had told me 4 years ago that I would even be considering a BQ attempt I would have laughed. It's only because of people like yourself that inspire me that I'm even still running.