Sunday, November 29, 2009

the journey does not end here...

Can't believe Geoff and I are leaving in only a few days for Vegas! Where has the time gone? The past week I have been feeling off and on with each run: I'll have one good run, then one bad run, then one good run, then one bad run. The 'bad' runs are not necessarily terrible, they are just runs where I feel more fatigued than usual, and/or my legs feel stiff and sore. Today was about 9.5 miles, started out easy and tried to build it, with a 15 min tempo section near the end. It was a challenge as we receievd a bit of snow a couple weeks ago, and with some days recently above zero degrees the trails have turned into skating rinks. I ended up doing several runs on the tready this week as a result. But I certainly feel very fortunate for the weather we have lucked out with this fall; I did not have to do ANY long runs in poor conditions! Cheers to that.

I am now tapering down over the next week and hope the ol' body responds accordingly so I can feel great on Sunday! I have a massage scheduled tomorrow (and a day off training) so that can kick-start the process.

So Geoff got me thinking the other day about this marathon journey and big run focus. He emphasized that this specific focus to better my running does not just end after the marathon is over. We will continue targeting this area in order for me to keep progressing and improving. And big improvements don't just happen overnight, or even in a few months! The legs need to build up strength over months and months (years?) of consistent run training and volume. So this is all really a work in progress!

I can honestly say I have done all the training and hard work that I could over the past few months (but I guess if I think a little more deeply into it I suppose I should have got to the gym more often to do my core workouts!). But running-wise, I have followed Geoff's plan for me to a 'T' and have really not missed any runs. The long runs all got completed, as unpleasant as one or two of them may have been, and the consistency factor has definitely been present! I have done everything I could have, short of quitting my job and freeing up some hours! The time has come now to put this hard work to the test next Sunday and see what happens! Bring on Vegas!

Friday, November 6, 2009


Some days that you have it, other days you don't. Most of my runs in the past week and a half unfortunately fall into the latter category. I think that everything is sort of catching up to me all at once; those longer mileage weeks and being overly busy at work the past month or so. Things at work are starting to settle down a bit now, which is great as that will give me more chance to focus on running and RECOVERY these next 4 weeks. I can rest easy this weekend knowing that I did not have to bring work home with me - first time in quite a while! I can't rest completely as I have a LOT of housecleaning to get done... and Geoff, you get to help! Other than that, I will be spending time playing with the two monsters (actually the three monsters if you count Geoff).

On Sunday I am faced with the daunting challenge of a 20 mile run. I plan to do the 10 miler race route twice. It can't get any more convenient as the route actually passes by my house! The route is not easy, though, and includes several long and gradual hills; nothing I haven't been doing in my other long runs, however! I am up for it!
And - I will have some good company with Christina and Cindy joining me.

But first, I have a 60 min tready run on the schedule for tonight - with some speedwork in the form of 12x1min @ 5k pace.

The Vegas trip is now all organized and booked - and my BFF Stephen is now signed up for the 1/2 marathon, so it should be lots of fun! Only one month till race day! Where does the time go...