Taper Day 1
Here we go again. Into the final stretch of one more race. For me, the last race of the year. It’s a big one though. Even though it’s only a half marathon it’s going to be one of the hardest half marathons I’ve done yet. I’m going to push myself harder than I ever have. If I’m successful not only will I come away with a new PR but I’ll finally be at a level that I didn’t think I’d ever reach. I’d be to a point where just last year I looked in awe at people who run that fast and wondered what they did differently than I. How did they train? How did they eat? How much was natural capability? Now I’m on the cusp of doing what I though was impossible.
But first I have to get through this week which means easy running all week as I taper down to race day. Today was a 30 minute easy run. I ended up actually having to run twice because I had to run to the gym for work. It was only a mile and a half though so not a big deal.
For the actual 30 minutes I took a long way back home from the gym.
It was easy. Everything felt good. I feel strong. I feel confident. I feel fast.
Well, my stomach finally settled down enough that I was able to go for a run this evening. I was supposed to run twice today an hour in the morning and another 30 minutes tonight. Because I didn’t go for the hour in the morning coach told me to just run the hour tonight.
Felt good. No stomach issues thankfully. It still feels a little weird though.
(fuckin’ Taco Bell..never again!)
1. Eat Taco Bell at midnight.
2. Stay up until 4am.
3. Sleep until 9am.
Needless to say I didn’t run this morning. If I go at 11 it still counts as a morning run, right?
Down into the single digits of the countdown to race day!
I was supposed to do an easy 30 minutes of running today. Unfortunately what was supposed to be easy wasn’t. As I was walking out the door I thought to myself…
"Maybe I should go to the bathroom before I go running…well it’s only 30 minutes I should be fine."
Famous last words.
I made it two miles before I had to stop.
I had to walk the last three quarters of a mile. It sucked. Oh well…tomorrow will be better.
runningonredbull mentioned you in a post “Nope! That’s what is unique to the Hansons Marathon Method but is…”
…it again next year. mrcarlosbc
It still boggles my mind that you only ran 16 miles because of the HMM. I’ve always trained higher mileage runs when I prep for my races. Obviously the HMM method works, you’re proof of that, I just don’t know how confident I would feel after having training the more traditional way my whole life. Congratulations on the race again!
There has been a definite uptick in people out running the past couple of weeks. I think the milder temps are to blame?
I’m definitely thinking it’s the cooler temperatures. I’m seeing a lot more people on all my runs. Not just runners but people walking their dogs or their babies in strollers…they’re everywhere. In all fairness, I’m almost never up running at 6am so the people I saw on Wednesday morning could possibly have been running year round but I was too busy sleeping to know.
Track Run Thursday
I got off work later than I wanted…again. By the time I got to the track the sun had set and the dark was setting in around me fairly quickly. Thankfully it’s football season here on base and there were games going on at the track so they had the lights on. I’m not a huge football person but when it benefits me I’m all for it.
Today’s run was a 2 mile warm up
Followed by 3x1 mile at a 6 minute pace and 3x800 meters at a 5:55 pace. After each interval I had a 400 meter jogging recovery.
I was a little fast on all the intervals, especially the 800’s. This actually surprises me a little because there were a ton of people on the homestretch of the track warming up for football games. Most were pretty courteous and stayed out of my way but there were a couple times I had to dodge people and the occasional mis-thrown ball.
Another two mile run back home for a cool down and then lots of stretching and rolling.
I’m feeling very confident after this run. The sub 6 min miles felt really comfortable. My goal for LA is to PR but the ultimate goal would be to get down to 1:20 or better. To run a 1:20 I need to average 6:06 per mile. Obviously running the LA streets won’t be as easy as a flat track but if I can take advantage of some of the downhills of the LA course I might be able to make up for the time I lose on the uphills.
Two Runs Today
I did NOT want to get up this morning to run. Even though it was only a 30 minute easy run the thought of leaving my nice warm and comfy bed seemed like the worst idea ever. All I could thnk about though as I was laying there hitting the snooze button on my alarm clock for like the 10th time was, “Coach is going to be mad if I don’t go”. So I got up and went. Between getting yelled at by coach or getting up, the idea of getting up seemed like the lesser of two evils.
There was a surprising amount of people out running. More than I expected to see. It’s weird though, I saw several couples running but both had headphones in…seriously? Is the company of another person your running with so boring that you have to isolate yourself with music even though they’re right there next to you? Running is supposed to be social! If you’re not running alone leave your music at home and enjoy the person you’re running with! Not to mention that talking while running helps to regulate your breathing pattern. UGH! But I digress.
I was kind of looking forward to tonight’s one hour run. It had been cloudy all day and so the temperature stayed lower than it has been in weeks. I knew if I got out of work early enough I would be able to run while it was still light out. I can’t wait for daylight savings time to kick in because I’m ready to be done with running in the dark of night. I didn’t get out of work as early as I would have liked to but I still got a decent amount of sunset light so I ran part of this run on the dirt trail. I’m trying not to pound the pavement too much if I can avoid it.
My legs were pretty sore this entire run. I think after two hard runs yesterday plus another two (albeit easier) runs today my leg muscles are starting to feel the burn. I have one more hard run to get through tomorrow and then it’s a pretty easy run schedule to the end of the week because next week tapering starts.
Honestly, when I first joined I didn’t know what I was getting into. I was a lost kid living at home and not happy in college. I was approached by an Army recruiter and was all set to join when my dad told me to look into the other branches before signing anything. After talking to the other recruiters I decided the Navy sounded like something that was more up my alley. The Army recruiter was NOT happy.
I think I really knew the Navy was something I wanted to do for a long time after I moved to Japan. I had a chance to experience an entirely different culture and I travelled to like 10 different countries in the Pacific. That experience and a few other really sold me on the Navy and is why I reenlisted after my first 5 years and am about to reenlist again.
I wouldn’t worry about not being able to do it because even though it seems intimidating at first you really get the hang of it quickly. I’d say definitely do your research so you get the job you want and not the job a recruiter needs to fill. If you have any specific questions I’m always willing to answer because I’ve seen people get really screwed by recruiters taking advantage of uninformed kids.
Second run of the day almost didn’t happen. I got this weather advisory as I was lacing up my shoes.
So I checked the weather a little further…
After talking to my coach I went out hoping that I wouldn’t get impaled by some flying debris. I ran three miles to the track because a mile and a half around the track this morning wasn’t enough. Coach scheduled me for a ladder workout today. 400m, 800m, 1200m, 1200m, 800m, 400m, 200m, 100m with a 90 second rest in between each interval. He had originally wanted me to run a 5:30 pace but with the gusts I knew that wasn’t going to happen.
The wind was horrible. It came across perpendicular to the track so I would get a nice tail wind half way through the first turn and then a head wind going around the second turn. Each straight away I had a wicked cross wind. Not to mention the wind picked up all the dirt from the trail and blew it through the track. It made seeing and breathing a little difficult. Have you ever tried to sprint with your eyes closed? I don’t recommend it.
I survived the wind and the run. My calves were a little sore from this morning but I have a couple easy runs tomorrow so I should be able to recover nicely.
So I took this dumb Facebook quiz to see which Justice League member I would be.
I found the results to be appropriate.
I don’t really care about the “personality analysis” part.
(Even if it does describe me fairly accurately)
I’m The freakin’ Flash!
I. RUN. FAST!!!