Thursday, April 03, 2008

It's all downhill isn't it?

It's taper time and I'm just putting my feet up and drinking beer and eating ice cream because all the training is done and it's all downhill from here right? ''Oh no! What about the downhills?".

Remember what the Boston course profile looks like?
The detailed profiles are here as well. There is a net elevation drop of about 450ft but those hills between mile 17 and 21 can do you in when you are tired. Experience has shown me that the downhills are murder on my quads, so much so, that by the time I reach mile 21 I'm usually hobbling in pain and can't take advantage despite the final easy downhills.

Thus Wednesday's 12 mile run looked something like this. The green line is elevation and the blue line is speed. The basic story was an easy warmup with some stretching after 1.5 miles, then easy running until about mile 6, followed by 4 miles of hill repeats where I ran hard 'down' the hills at close to 7:00 minute pace, easy up the 1/2 mile hill and repeat, easy run back to finish. I was beat after this workout but my quads will thank me in a few weeks time.
The rest of the week has been rather uneventful.

Monday - rest day but still very tired from Sunday and so I took the afternoon off work to rest. My legs were quite sore and finally made an appointment for physiotherapy.

Tues - got my physio today and after a complete workup she agreed I had a hamstring problem. The solution was to continue with my stretching program but to add to it and hold each stretch longer (15-30sec), repeating 3x. I'm also on a regimen of icing 10 minutes at a time 3-4x per day. I'm also stopping after a 1 mile warmup and stretching as well as after the run. Believe it or not but it's working! I can almost touch my toes again and can feel some improvement after only 3 days of self therapy! Tuesdays run was just an easy 8 miles with some pickups (not worthy of being called strides)

Weds - hill session above

Thurs - easy 6 miles in hurricane winds but mild temps

Friday - easy 5 planned then off to Bathurst to visit my Mom who is not doing too well.

Have a good weekend. A special good luck with to our Irish friend, Thomas, running the Connemara 39.3 mile ultramarathon. He will do awesome and have the stories to match!

Take care out there.

8 comments:

Jamie said...

Just a few weeks left! You're going to rock it.

DawnB said...

you deserve this tapper!! enjoy. Looking forward to race day

Thomas said...

Thanks very much Mike, and enjoy the beer and ice cream.

I'm already looking forward to next year's Boston, when I'm hoping to join you!

Michael said...

I like your Wednesday session, how many will you do like that in preperation for the race? My old coach only had me do 1 session in preperation for Sacramento in '06 (I don't think it was enough).

Not long now, rest up and all the best! Just like Thomas, I hope to be there next year but will have to live vicariously through you now:)

J. Garry Power said...

Enjoy the ice cream and the beer!
Hope your Mom is doing better.

Love2Run said...

Michael,
I like to do 2 sessions spaced at least 10 days apart but only got one good one in. It's hard to do a workout that works the quads so they are sore the next day like the race does. And it's a fine line that can easily result in an injury so you need to be cautious with it. Theory says that I'll be somewhat protected. We'll see!

Michael said...

Thanks for the comment, it'll be food for next year. Hope your mom is doing better.

Dusty said...

I am so looking forward to your race report!!! I hope you get to see the women's trials race!! Get a pic to share! You will do awesome!

Take care of that Hammy!