I haven’t checked in for a few weeks, but everything is going just fine. I am getting my runs done and am doing a some of my cross training. I keep saying and promising myself that I am going to do them all, but… It’s a work in progress, I guess.
Last week’s long run was 13 miles. (I ran 13.1 just for the heck of it, though.)
It went okay. I woke up a little late and got out later in the morning than I’d hoped but it wasn’t much of a problem. It was kind of warm but not too bad. It was actually a beautiful day – clear sky, sunny and a nice temperature for most of the run.
I had a few snags – ate a granola bar which made my stomach hurt and I started out running a little faster than I should. I tried to prepare by bringing a small container of Gatorade G2 in a pocket in my spy belt. I took one small sip of it while I was running, but that was about it. In hindsight, I should have sipped more. I think I got a little dehydrated. I mapped out a run on MapMyRun.com but I got confused at one turn and went the wrong way. it turned out to be a nice surprise, though. I ran a new trail, one that I’d never even heard of! It was nice, but more importantly, it was something different to look at. Check it out here: http://www.greatriversgreenway.org/trails/centennial-shaw-park-to-olive.aspx
I finished the run, took my bath in Epsom Salt and all was well.
I was fooling around with my profile on RunCoach and synced my runs with NIke+. IT CHANGED MY TRAINING SCHEDULE! It went from having 4-5 long runs of 17 miles to TWO. WHAT????? I am completely freaked out. I was already concerned that I wasn’t scheduled to run 20 miles but was slightly comforted by the fact that I would run multiple 17 milers. TWO 17 mile runs don’t seem like enough.
I emailed (there is a ‘live chat’ option but it was late at night on Friday) a training coach to ask what happened. Her response was that, based on my pace, I should only run 17 miles because that is how far I should be able to go in 3 hours and 45 minutes. Apparently 3 hours and 45 minutes is the longest that RunCoach coaches advise runners to run in training – ever.
So… I am supposed to be physically and mentally prepared for a TWENTY SIX POINT TWO mile run after having run 17 ‘slow miles’ two times. That makes me feel uncomfortable and scared.
There are a lot of articles explaining the logic and science behind this training theory. Here are some of them if you’d like to read about it:
Are you Putting Too Much Emphasis on the Long Run…:
Marathoning the Hansons‘ Way:
A Shortcut to the Long Run http://running.competitor.com/2013/10/training/a-short-cut-to-the-long-run_32317
Marathon Training: Rethinking the Long Run Part I http://beta.active.com/running/Articles/Marathon-Training-Re-Thinking-the-Long-Run-Part-I
Marathon Training: Rethinking the Long Run Part II http://beta.active.com/running/Articles/Marathon-Training-Re-Thinking-the-Long-Run-Part-II.htm
So, I have to figure out what to do. I feel like I mentally need to run 20 miles during training but I also realize that there is the risk of injury and/or fatigue. I’ve been injured before (I fell while running – It wasn’t caused by running) and am very conscious of aches and pains, what might be causing them and resting when I feel like I need it.
I am not, however, prepared for this doubt and mistrust of my training program. I keep seeing this sign in my head:
Not really! I keep seeing this:
And there, my friends, lies the problem. I don’t trust this new schedule that I’ve been given. I know the trainers and coaches that put the schedule together know what they are doing, but…
I have to figure out what to do to get past this ‘wall’ of doubt, fear, conflict and skepticism. On one hand, I am a routine driven person and this change of schedule is a disruption of the routine I already had. On the other hand, however, I am a ‘rule follower’ so I feel like I should just run whatever this new schedule maps out. I just don’t know if I want to, though.
Should I keep with this ‘new’ training schedule on RunCoach?
Should I add something to it? If so, what? If not, why not?
Oh, well – until next time!
totally forgot: I have lost 37 pounds so far. Go me!
37 lbs?!!! That is awesome!!!! I never ran more than 18 before my marathon and only did that once. A lot depends on your mileage for the week. If you are averaging 30 miles a week you should be good to go 😉 GOOD LUCK!!!!
Thanks! I feel pretty good about my weight loss. It’s been slow but pretty steady. I have a year end goal – wish me luck!
I am thinking about adding a mile or t to my shorter runs to increase overall weekly mileage. We’ll see. This is tough for me.