Saturday, January 7, 2012

Somedays, you're the windshield....

and somedays, you're the bug......

Today I was the bug......on one of the most beautiful days of the year (thus far, anyway), I had one of my worst runs ever.  Absolutely defies logic.....but naturally I now have to go into "analyst" mode to try to figure out why this happened and what (if anything!) I can do to prevent it from happening again.

The beauty of having this blog is that it gives me the opportunity to vent frustrations and concerns, but it also gives me another opportunity (other than my written running log) to be accountable.....and so in the interest of starting to take lemons and make some kick-ass lemonade, let's get the ugliness out of the way!

My marathon training schedule told me I was to run 11 miles today.  When I was relaxing last night, I realized that the last time I'd run 11 miles, I was running my one (and as yet, only) marathon in October 2009.  Since that time, I've run a fair amount, but nothing much longer than a 10k until I started my Boston training.  I wasn't worried about the distance, but I was spending way too much time trying to figure out what route I might take.  I think now that doubt was starting to creep in, but when I work up, I was definitely not ready to run.  Still, I suited up and headed out with good intentions......almost immediately, I knew it was not going to be my day.  Even though I was making a concerted effort to go out easy, the legs just weren't responding.  I kept trying to stay focused, but the longer I went, the more obvious it became that the distance was bigger than the man on this day.

So let's look at the ugly facts.......the splits.

1: 9:55
2: 9:23
3: 9:41
4: 10:33
5: 10:35
6: 9:50
7: 10:43
8: 11:06
9: 9:27

8.27 @ 10:06


So now I just have to put it all behind me and move bad runs have been few and far between so I just have to focus on making sure I get my rest, fluids, and stretching done so that I recover well physically.....the mental part......well, I'll just have to work on that over the next few days.


  1. You'll shake it off and come back stronger! For whatever reason some days the legs just don't cooperate.

  2. Which Marathon are you training for? What pace were you aiming for? Some days are def bug days, but the main thing is that you went out and got those miles under your belt. You'll make up for it this week when you do your tempo run. Kick ass!

  3. Hi Kenley,

    I'm training for Boston....and I wasn't that concerned with pace yesterday, just in simply getting 11-12 miles under my belt. In the end, my pace was about where I want it for a long run, but I was working WAY too hard to go that I cut it short.

    My team will be running the first half of the Boston course next Saturday morning, so I've got that to look forward to!!!!

  4. We all have those days, just brush it off and move forward!!! <3

  5. Awesome, Best to you on that Run! Let us know how that goes man. Cheers.