Completed my long run yesterday for the week (17.5 miles, about 40 for the week). Felt pretty good with how I felt towards the end and the overall performance. I am coming down with a cold and was struggling to get out the door. All I really wanted to do was go back to bed and sleep. I told myself to get out and at least run for a few miles, if I still felt like crap I could call it a day and reschedule the long run. Well, a few miles in I figured I might as well get it out of the way. Some days are like that, just trudge through it. You always feel better at the end.
I ended up hitting a bit of unfamiliar trails during the run and got a tad lost. A little bushwacking and off trail running later, I was back on my familiar route. It was a good way to mix it up a little…On the upside I ran into a heard of about 9 deer, we scared the crap out of each other I think.
There is a Veterans Memorial in Bend that is at the base of the Veterans bridge. I run by this a lot. Most of the time I will stop to catch my breath, take a minute to take in the view and give thanks to those that have sacrificed everything.
Last Sunday was the Pennywise concert. Had a great time, Lagwagon was one of the opening acts, another of my favorite bands. We arrived a little early and snagged some excellent spots in the balcony to the side of the stage. I must be getting old because I did bring some earplugs.
Advanced Marathon Training Book
I picked up a copy of this and am finding it a good read. I’m not in a position to use any of the training plans right now (Minimum starts at 55 miles per week), but maybe for a fall marathon (Portland again perhaps). They do a great job of explaining the different aspects of what it takes to improve your marathon performance (Lactate Threshold, VO2 Max, Endurance, Speed, Form, Nutrition). The training plans are broken up into Mesocycles, each a few weeks and are focused on improving each facet of your running. Some weeks are more tempo runs (improving lactate threshold), others include strides and intervals to improve form and speed.
I’ll do a more detailed review when I finish it up.
Other tidbits from the week
Interviewer Sets World Record for Worst Mo Farah Interview (I feel bad for her, kinda)