Friday, November 04, 2005

Dragging a Tired, Aching Body 14K

This morning I was up at 5:00 a.m. to wake my wife up (she never hears the alarm) but every muscle in my body seemed to ache, so I rolled over and went back to sleep. I wanted to do an early morning run, but settled for a late morning run. Yesterday I was moving furniture, including the washer and dryer, this morning I felt like I was a hundred years old.

I headed out on my 14K/8.7M trail, starting slowly then picking up the pace. My muscles resisted, whined and did all they could to interfere. I pushed, trying to convince myself that it was all in my mind. I ran the first 7K (4.35M) with an average pace of 5:27/K (8:46/M), but it took a tremendous amount of effort – I felt like I was running a 10K race. By KM9 I was running out of gas, I only had some water for breakfast right before the run. I fought the urge to slow down, I was determined to keep my tempo going, I had enough easy runs the past week. The last 10-15 minutes were miserable, I was continuously fighting to keep my pace going, my muscles ached, and it started to rain.

After what seemed like an eternity I finally made it home and boy was I glad! My average pace for the 14K was 5:38/K (9:03/M), a little slower than I had wanted, but considering my strenuous home improvement activities this week, acceptable.

I decided to wimp out and not do my 10K race tomorrow. There are enough other races this year, I think I will spend tomorrow afternoon doing something with my wife.

I took another look at my training schedule last night, if I want to run the marathon on March 12, I have to start training NEXT WEEK! This is one of the factors that prompted me to skip the race tomorrow.

Probably a good idea to skip the 10k. There's no point in running a race if you're feeling .... old.
I hope the thought of starting a new marathon training program isn't too taunting.
Have you made a decision on the spring marathon?
Oh, your wife will so appreciate this gesture! Have fun, and no home improvements (although, surely moving furniture counts as cross-training).

"if I want to run..." well????
i can't believe you are doing another marathon arleady man! if the weather was nicer here i wonder if i'd be having visions of another too. how's the weather there?? can't wait to read about the training again!
How can you run at 05.00 a.m.? You are a hero!! Are you preparing a marathon? Kind regards from Italy. If you take the time please have a look to my blog:
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