Jay, how did it go?
I swam in an adult swim meet today. It was very small. I swam the 800. There were only three other women plus three men. We all swam in the same heat. I worked pretty hard. It felt good to feel that competetive thing come out when I heard that whistle. I thought it would take me about 15 minutes but surprisingly I finished in 12 :41. Realizing it's not super-competitive and there wasn't a lot of talent there but I was still excited. I knew I gave it all I had. I even beat all the men too so that was fun. Ummm, I can't actually move my arms anymore but again, I raced harder than I train so that gives me a little bit of confidence for the marathon. (Although I do know that a 1/2 mile swim and a marathon are hardly equivilant)
I hope to get my 10 miler in today but I'll have to see how the day plays out with the kids.
Jen, what are you doing? Boston is in just over a week; don't run 10, especially on the same day as a competitive swim. You need to taper.
I won my 5K with a time 1:20 faster than the time I ran there last year. It's the first time I have ever won the same race twice so I am pretty happy. The course is essentially an out-and-back and after the turn around I started hearing comments (from runners coming the other way) like, "There's no one behind you." and, "Hey, he won last year!" That made me feel good! After I finished, I went back out and jogged the course two more times to get in some decent mileage (5Ks aren't much for marathon training). When I got back the line for massages had died down so I got one and picked up some Odwalla bars. After I got home I took an ice bath and had some lunch (a sweet potato and walnut wrap). If the weather holds off, I'm hoping to go for a 2-3 mile walk with my wife tonight (my in-laws are having the girls over for a sleep-over). That should help get some of the stiffness out of my legs. Next week is the start of my taper, but it's pretty much a normal training week with the long run shortened from 20 to 12 miles. I may try to swap an additional run day for an elliptical session just to keep the legs fresh.
Jay, When is your race?
The program that I have been loosely following had a 20 miler last weekend and a 12 miler for today. Last week I did a 15 and today a 10 and I really intend to do almost nothingexcept for a few miles here and there and maybe some strides for the next week so I hope it's enough rest. The swim was only 15 minutes and my run was pretty low key and slow. Do you think it's too much Jay?
My marathon will be in three weeks from tomorrow (May 4). I have been using the SmartCoach program at http://www.runnersworld.com/cda/smartcoach/ to get a schedule outline. You may want to plug in some numbers just to get a 16 week training guide and then check out the last few weeks. The tempo and speed work days stay tough (but are shorter in duration) but the rest of the week is much easier. Next week my long run will be 12 miles, the week after that it goes down to 8, and then early in the week of the marathon I have a 7 miler. Does that help?
ok, firstly, I apparently had a brain spasm yesterday and didn't let this sink in...you cut a minute and 20 seconds off what I can only assume is an already super-fast 5k? Holy cow, Jay that's really impressive. Good Job.
Secondly, I think that since a good majority of my runs have really lacked in intensity I feel good about putting in the distance yesterday. And I feel good about all the rest I intend to take this week. I have a full 8 days to rest and recover. I was watching several different programs, one of them was the one that hal higdon wrote called "boston bound" and that one had a 12 for yesterday. Having said that though, I really like the smart coach thing and intend to use it for my summer speed work.
thirdly, the "pompous jerk" was at the swim meet yesterday and it felt really good to have a good race. Psychologically, I needed that. Now, IF my injuries behave I feel pretty ready for next week. Either way, I'm excited to see what happens and if I'm really slow then I'm still prepared to enjoy my vacation.
Thanks for your help!