This training is kicking my tuchas! For a while now, I have been quite pleased with my training. I had been hitting my long run goals. I had found a schedule that worked well for me. I was running on the dreaded treadmill two nights during the week and my long run on the weekend. I hit my 10 mile mark. I hit my 12 mile mark. I hit my 14 mile mark! All while feeling good and still strong. I even got to eat my bag of Doritos while watching the Superbowl.
The delusion of easy mileage increases set in. I was the Unfit! My Unfitness would lead me to be able to do the marathon, not with ease, but without over training. I’d show them all! The Unfit Craze would sweep the nation.
Then I hit Heartbreak Hill two weeks ago. I needed to slow to a walk at my 15th mile. Not tragic, but disappointing. This weekend, at my 14th mile, my legs turned to lead. With each step, it became harder to pull my foot away from the ground. I had plenty of water this time (a mistake I made the previous week) but hydration was not the problem.
Breathing was not the problem either. I wasn’t out of breath. I was not panting hard. My legs were just gaining weight. The gravitational pull of the Earth was increasing – but only on my legs!
So I walked for a bit. A long bit. Over the next four miles, I probably only ran 1 ½, and not consecutively. The running I was able to do, was at almost a walking pace. I don’t think I have ever encountered this feeling before. These physical slowdowns are aggravating my mental worries.
The friend who ran with me this time (a regular marathoner who is in training for a 100 mile race (crazy, right?)) thought two things might be at issue. First, I likely need to take in nutrition during long runs. Eating? Alright! I can get behind snacks during a run. Second, while people often say "it is all about the long run,” my friend says, “it is equally about the total weekly miles.” Meaning, I have to up the number of weekday runs. And add in some cross training while I am at it.
I want to finish the Marathon and I want to try and do it without breaking stride (except at water stops and, perhaps, at really steep hills). I have a little over two months to finish training. Increasing my time running and cross training is necessary. At this rate, I am going to lose my Unfit status. Anyone know if Doritos makes an energy bar?I am representing Framingham at the 2014 Boston Marathon and am raising money for a local charity. Writing this Blog helps me with the challenge and the training. Feel free to write “Run, Stu, Run!” in the Comment section and feel free (please) to donate to the cause. I have set up a “Go Fund Me” account at http://www.gofundme.com/5srci4 to help raise the money for the Boys and Girls Club in Framingham.