Sunday, October 26, 2008

Scheming & dreaming

Also known as, 'the post-marathon crazies' or 'what to do with all that spare time on your hands'. It's just because we're missing our daily shot of endorphins and need to fill in the time with running related planning. It seems to be addictive if you follow the crazy zig-zag plots by Andrew, or even more complex diagrams by Bricey, and then there's the 'sign up for the next marathon before he can even walk again'-Jamie but at least he has a plan in mind and is thinking of going with Pfitzinger's up to 70 mile per week

I can't point fingers too much, seeing as how I've also signed up for my next marathon (Boston) and also up for a 10k in Moncton this coming weekend. Checking over my race results since I turned 50 my 10k PB is 42:50 and would you believe what you get when you plug in my most recent marathon result into the McMillan running calculator? - 42:51! I have no choice but to go for it, now do I?

I also had some time today for some 'pretty' graphs...
This is my steady and consistant training since the 2 marathons in the fall of 2007. The black bars are races over the period, the green line is the maximum weekly long run and the red is overall mileage. It's fairly consistent with only one extra dip in Aug 2008 due to back to back travel weeks. Certainly a marked contrast with a certain other runner whose name we won't mention. So what's my plan? Don't know yet but have about 8 weeks to think about it and will take the time to gradually ramp up the mileage again.

Recovery week running:
Monday - Friday - all 0's but was feeling fine by Tues and wanting to lace up my shoes by Weds

Sat - 5 miles in 42:30 but feeling very achey and creaky (just like 'that other runner') and legs felt almost sore by the end. There is definitely some deeper damage and more healing is needed as per usual.

Sun - another zero. I was tempted to go early before the storm of wind and rain hit but held off and then was happy (as were the legs) to stay inside and scheme away

It's been a nice weekend and I'm off on a work road-trip for most of next week. The running gear will be packed but I'm not stressing about getting too many runs in. Hope you all have a nice week too!

11 comments:

Andrew said...

A most unfeeling post! That poor 'other runner' is probably crying into his cups right now. It's a wonder he can even show his font on the blogosphere.

If he sees this post he will probably go out and run 20 miles just to make himself feel better.

Love2Run said...

Awww, I feel so awful now. I hope that other runner doesn't fall off the next cliff he comes to but I have my doubts. He just can't help himself can he?

Grellan said...

Your graphs are the best - well the easiest to follow at least.

An all out 10k 2 weeks after a marathon - now where did I see that recommended? Having said that there's a 4 miler coming up next Sunday that I may just run.

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Good luck with your Moncton 10k. Any chance I could borrow your legs for my next race. Right now I can't even do a 5k in the time you are finishing a 10k...lol.

Ewen said...

As you're predicting a sub-44 for me, I'll have to go with, oh, at least a sub-42:49.

Also, thanks for reminding me of another reason I no longer run marathons - no "post-marathon crazies"!

bricey said...

I agree with Grellan your graph is the best. It's good to see that youv'e put you recovery time to good use!!

DawnB said...

you deserve the rest even if its driving you crazy

Michael said...

The plan, I'm curious.

Kurt said...

i took week off.. nice graph!

Kurt said...

great time in Moncton in those conditions! Well done Mike!

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