Last weekend was totally awesome, but now this weekend is here, and with the Marine Corps Marathon just 36 days away, I need to get serious about my training. It’s the point where I’d normally run 17-18 miles. And yet, I signed up for the Salem Wicked Half Marathon tomorrow.
Yeah, that was smart.
I had a couple different ways I could manage that.
- Racing is definitely harder on your body than the LSD (long slow distance) typical to most marathon training weekends. I could say that a hard fast run is better than a long slow run, and reap the benefits of pushing my body hard.
- I could recognize that I did that just one week ago, and that it’s okay to just run this weekend. Take it easy and log the miles.
I had this big plan in place. I was going to get up super early, head down to the start line and log 5 extra miles, then run the half. Then the alarm went off at 4:30, and the plan suffered mightily while I struggled to remember why I was getting up at such an ungodly hour on a Saturday. I shambled out of the house and headed towards the starting line, made a wrong turn, and got there with enough time to grab nearly 3 miles, then it was time to go.
Today was fun in that I got to run with a lot of my coworkers. It was Jackie’s first half marathon, and I had told her I’d come find her after I finished, so that’s what I did. I went back on the course (calf muscles giving off some “hey, didn’t we just finish this race” spasms), found Jackie, and ran back in with her. By the time all was said and done, I had logged 17.39 miles, so I did hit my minimum for today.
Here’s the crew enjoying a well deserved beer after our run.
Left to right, that’s Pete, Rob, Jackie, me, Mark, and Mike. Pete makes me jealous – hardly runs at all, and finished in roughly 1:51! Nice job, Pete. Rob always kills it, then Jackie, Mike, and Mark all impressed on their first half marathon. As for me, I went deliberately slow knowing I was going to be jumping back on the course. Still, I bested last year’s effort by more than ten minutes with a finish time of 2:04:27. Good day all around. And cracking a cold one before 10:00 AM does not feel wrong when you just ran 17+ miles!