Saturday, April 21, 2007

Moving on

Finally, a sunny warm day! Steph is home for the weekend and agreed to take her Dad for a little spin around town. This would be my very 1st recovery run since the marathon on Monday. We're both trying to show off our new shoes in case you wondered about the Charlie Chaplin pose. What a great day! Did I say it was sunny and warm? It got up to almost 20C by the end of the day but was 'only' about 10-12C when we did our little 3 mile run/walk. We had a nice chat and I felt great with no problems with my legs or feet. Wanted to do more but held back.

I still haven't figured out quite what 'went wrong' with my Boston race and probably never will but have made a list of the good and the bad. This will be my last mention of this because it's time to start getting ready with the next challenge which will be a leg of the Cabot Trail Relay race.

So here's the good or what I did right:
  • good training regime with plenty of long runs (18x20+) and average mileage of 60+/wk
  • diet and weight were good (same as last year)
  • pre-race routine was very relaxed and the same as previous years
  • felt mentally prepared and focused before race but was a little nervous
And what I didn't do or went wrong:
  • weather wasn't the best but nothing worse than anything I've trained in all winter
  • maybe not enough MP or tempo runs but I always say that
  • my workplace load and stress has been high lately but not really working crazy hours
  • 1/2 marathon 9 days before might have taken something out of my legs but ran it at less than planned MP
  • lack of stretching, strengthening and core work but that's not anything new
And that's it. We'll train harder and rest smarter the next time around. How's that for a plan? Onward and upward, we're moving on.

Have a great weekend!


Olga said...

Well, I did wonder about the pose striking the shoes:)
In your recall there is nothing wrong, really. Just write it off as one of those days...I am glad you're chipper! Your daughter is nice to take you out!!

Dawn - Pink Chick Tris said...

To quote a bad song "Blame it on the rain"

Thomas said...

The half could be the culprit, or maybe it was work stress, or maybe ....

Yeah, you're right, time to forget about it and move on. Everyone has a disappointing marathon from time to time. It's in the nature of the beast.

DawnB said...

You got my vote Mike!!

Jamie Anderson said...

It's definitely frustrating when you can't pinpoint the problem. You'll get your revenge at MDI I'm sure though.

UMaine Cooperative Extension said...

I think the only thing that 'went wrong' was that race day was out of synch with race legs. You definitely have it in you given your training, just not on that particular day.

Bruce said...

Good to see you're looking ahead to new challenges. Keep up the good work.

Quinto Sol said...

I am not sure if I read your post right, but I think you over-trained... particularly the *18-20+ miles* long runs... BUT what do I know.