When a Run Is Not About the Run

Last week’s long run was a disaster.

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That’s 4:18:54 for 22 miles…

Since I was only 5 weeks out from the Blue Springs Marathon, I wanted to get in the longest run I’d be doing while preparing for my marathon. I decided to shoot for 22ish miles, depending on how I felt and how far my route (that I basically made up on the fly) ended up being. Because Lord knows if I made it back to the car at mile 21, there was no chance I’d end up making it to 21.1, let alone 22.

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Did I Screw Up My Marathon Training?

As someone who absolutely hates using marathon training plans, I’m pretty willy nilly when it comes to my running schedule while preparing for a race.

I know I need to get in a certain amount of miles per week, and that I need to do some regular long runs to get ready for a marathon. I’ve also learned from experience that I HAVE to get in a run of at least 22 miles prior to running my race. I’m not at all sure how people can be ready for a full 26.2 miles when the longest you’ve run to date is only 20 miles?!?!

Oh, it’s because your training plan said to only do a 20 miler. Have fun on race day, bud.

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The Aching Quad 2013 Recap

This past weekend, the Lakeland Runner’s Club put on their annual Aching Quad race series.

The Aching Quad is a 4 race series, with all 4 races taking place within a 24 hour period. The first race, a 5k, took place Friday evening. Then on Saturday morning, we ran a quick 1 miler at 7am, followed by a 2 miler an hour and a half later. We took the hot part of the day off, and then reconvened for the final 5k on Saturday evening.

For some of you, that may not sound all that daunting. If you run these races hard, especially the two races on Saturday morning, you’d be surprised how difficult this series actually is. I don’t think I underestimated the cumulative effect of 4 races in 24 hours, but the Aching Quad series is no joke. Believe me.

Greetings From Blahsville….

87Anyone that has ever run a marathon before understands the importance of putting in the appropriate amount of time and effort required to properly train for the race. (The training helps you forget.)

While there are some people who can not run for weeks or months and then go out and run 26.2 miles on nothing more than a whim (these people will henceforth be referred to as freaks), the rest of us mortals require some level of consistent training in order to survive (and dare I say, thrive in?) your particular race. Read more

Training Plans Are Useless…

Image by Anamorphic Mike via Flickr

Image by Anamorphic Mike via Flickr

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”

~Mike Tyson

Sage advice from the former champ. Who would have ever thought Mike Tyson and sage advice could be linked in such fine fashion? Not me, but I think he’s on to something here.

When runners come up with training plans to help them prepare for their next race, they rarely have to worry about literally getting punched in the face.

But the metaphorical fists start flying early and often, and very few people are able to make it from the first day of their plan to race day without getting hit a few times.

Did you plan for that 5 of clubs to the grill? Doubtful. Read more