Thursday, January 29, 2009


Yesterday I did interval training followed by a pretty hefty leg workout at the gym. I had been neglecting weight training the last two months because the training for my first marathon was taking a lot of time (at my pace a 20 mile training run probably takes a good 30-40% longer than it takes someone like my brother). Well, today I am paying the price, I feel like I was expecting to feel the day after my marathon. It really hurts to go down stairs. I did run today, but it took at least a mile to get my legs moving normally.

Training is getting back on schedule, this week I am running 40-80 minutes with a long run planned on the treadmill in Portland of 2 hours while watching the first half of the Superbowl. I am planning to get back to the marathon training plan I followed to prepare for my 50K run, with the exception of doing a 24-25 mile run with numerous walk breaks in place of the second 20 mile run.

I know that I've written that I HATE hills, so why did I sign up for a "Thrill in the Hills" Half Marathon? I'm going to broaden my horizons and try a trail race. I checked out the elevation map and it didn't look terribly steep and hilly, but we shall see. This race is on Feb 28th and I plan to run it as a training run.

That's it for now, time for some Ibuprophen.


David Ray said...

Now you're talking. It hurts but in a good way.

Good plan to start practicing the run/walk thing. I'm slow too so I don't focus as much on the miles as I do the time. We talk about the "time on your feet" factor that kicks in on the long runs. So I may only get 18 miles done but if I'm out there for four hours, I'm done.

I'll be at the Thrill in the Hills too. Actually I'm running there Saturday morning. It's the closest good trail to my house. It has hills but nothing major. Should be fun.

johnmaas said...

Your body is telling you to rest up a little bit.
Don't push the training too hard so soon after a marathon - especially interval/speed work.
A good training method (especially when you are on the treadmill a lot) to prepare for your upcoming runs would be to run at your long run pace for 10 minutes, then walk for 5 minutes. During the walk, crank up the incline to something like 6% to simulate walking the hills.
When moving up to ultra distances, it is important to incorporate a run/walk strategy.
Rolling hills courses are the best to practice this on. Maybe you would want to run/walk the Thrill in the Hills.