Saturday, October 11, 2014

Day 2,848: Another weekly mileage record

Today's 10-mile run gave me 61.32 miles for the week, edging by just under a mile the 60.41 miles I did for the week of Sept. 7-13 this year.

I think this mileage record will stand for a while since my marathon training is coming to a close. I've put up three 60+ mile weeks during the course of the training and it's been pretty amazing to have put up miles that last year would have seemed crazy to me to do so.

I'm glad though that the weekly mileage is dropping off. It's not easy to fit in multiple 10+ mile runs during a week.

Hopefully it all will be enough for marathon day.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Day 2,845: SCT -- Along the county lines



ROCKMART, Ga. --  I'd let some new caches build up along the Silver Comet Trail so I decided to go on my "off'" day for my marathon training schedule -- I still run one mile to keep the streak alive.

I haven't ever been in this area before. It's certainly one of the most beautiful places on the SCT and even the Chief Ladiga Trail in Alabama (I've done sections all the way down to Jacksonville, Ala.).

In the middle of the afternoon I had to decide where I would run my mile. So I put down my bike not to far away from where this picture was taken and ran back and forth in between the Polk and Paulding county lines until I did the mile.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Day 2,843: It pays to be curious

I was going through my news feeds on Facebook when I saw a post of the race-related wear for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

I'm not running in it this year of course, but I clicked on nike.com/chicagomarathon and looked at what they had to offer. In years past I've drooled over the cool race shirts related to my hometown and decided some window shopping was in order.

It turned out that they also sold Nike shoes, too -- and at a pretty nice discount. The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31s that I likely will be wearing in the Oct. 26 Marine Corps Marathon were discounted to $79.97 from $100.

That got me thinking. I just earned 1,750 points on mcr.com -- enough to cash it in for a $25 Nike e-gift card. So I quickly did that and submitted my order.

The total was $61.37 (including $6.40 tax) and it comes with free shipping, making these shoes available at about a 46 percent discount! That makes these shoes among the cheapest that I've purchased for current season running shoes.

I'm not completely sure I will run in the Dec. 14 Honolulu Marathon but if I do, I will probably need some new kicks sometime soon.

In recent weeks I've been shopping around for some new shoes, since my current pair of 31s have 320 miles on them and my other trainers, such as the Saucony Kinvara 5 and the Skechers Go Run 2, have 272 and 206 miles on them respectively.

And through the Oct. 26 marathon, I am projected to run 177.45 more miles!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Day 2,842: 16-mile run

Today was the last of three 16-milers for my training for the Marine Corps Marathon. After having a bad tempo workout just three days prior, I wasn't sure how this one would be.

And so I procrastinated but when I finally got out the door it was a lovely 40 degrees (my Garmin data says 46 degrees).

Even though it was cool out I decided to wear the Camelbak pack and then also go with a GU gel pack every two miles, similar to what I did two weeks ago.

This time, however, I wanted to let myself ease into the 9:30/mile pace that was prescribed for this workout.

While I didn't hit that pace until mile 5, the run was fabulous. I got faster throughout the run and it didn't seem like such a hassle to me. I drank about three sips every two miles after consuming a GU gel (compare that to 6 sips every two miles and even more in miles 14 and 15 two weeks ago at temperatures above 70 degrees).

My last two gels came a little bit late in the sequence, #6 at 12.6 miles and the last one after 14.8 miles.

When I got home I still felt like I had a lot of energy left. I checked the temperature and it had only gotten up to 57 degrees. If the temperature is like this on race day, I think I will definitely have a good outing.

Time: 8:55 a.m.
Temp: 46 degrees
Gear: Technical T-shirt, long (Nike Climafit), T-shirt (Race for Research), shorts, Nike Air Pegasus 31.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Day 2,841: Finally, cooler weather

Today's run came with some much-needed relief. It was the first cool day of the season.

The last few years the weather has cooled down in mid-September. But this year I had to endure training runs that reached well into the 70s, meaning soaking wet clothes and at times, the dreaded bloody nipple.

I finally broke out the long-sleeved T-shirts. It was a nice way to end a 55-mile running week.

Time: 9:08 a.m.
Temp: 48 degrees
Gear: Long-sleeve T (Run the Reagan '11), shorts, Saucony Kinvara 5.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Day 2,839: A bad workout

Although the marathon training schedule has gone like clockwork every now and then there's a workout that doesn't really pan out.

I got a late start to my run, it was to be my first 10-mile tempo run (12 miles total). When I left the sun was out but it was still a fairly cool 66 degrees.

But later on, it got warmer. I felt like I needed water about halfway through the run on the Beltline. I drank a bunch when I got into Piedmont Commons but by the time I exited the bowl, I knew I was done for the day. Later I saw the temperature climbed to 75 degrees.

I'd only done 7 miles of the 10-mile workout. I had something similar happen to me on Sept. 16, when I was to do three 2-mile strength intervals with a half-mile recovery in between. I did two of them and was done for the day. 

Luckily in that case I was able to bounce back the rest of the week. 

To make matters worse in today's run I discovered as I was entering the shower a dreaded bloody nipple.

Time: 9:31 a.m.
Temp: 66 degrees
Gear: Technical T-shirt, short (2014 Charles Harris 10K), shorts, Saucony Kinvara 5.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day 2,837: Another monthly mileage record

Today's 9.52-mile strength interval run gave me 246.85 miles for the month (8.23 miles a day average), the most I've ever run.

Of course, marathon training helps. It surpasses my all-time high last month of 235.28 miles.

So far I've run 1,602.44 miles for the year and it puts me on pace to break for the first time 2,000 miles in a year. I came close in 2010, the last year I had a marathon push, but could not break the mark with 1,776.55 miles that year.

That's probably the most miles I've run in any year. So I imagine next month, along with a marathon to run, I'll be on track to exceed that milestone as well.