Friday, August 1, 2008

dysentery vs. marathon training & MORE!...

... does not make a good running partner:

jen and i picked up a "crappy" case of it down on our trip to zihutenejo, mexico, which ruined the last day of an otherwise perfect 4-day trip. it also cut a few days off my training schedule, but luckily i was up and running by the end of the week. it's a tricky thing trying to mainintain a running shedule through illness, but with only 2 months to train, i really can't afford to thorugh away entire weeks.

so! i've managed to increase my mileage from ~25- 34 in the span of a couple weeks- not recommended at all- i usually try to stick to the 10% per week rule, but with so little time before the race + the set back, i can't afford not to build the base. needless to say, my legs have been feeling quite fatigued, but life could be worse;)

i've also managed a couple of 10-mile "long" runs, in the past couple weeks, which will be drastically increasing over the next 6 weeks. here's the route i've been running, which fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you looks at it, involves quite a bit of hill work.

although considerably slower than my "prime", i managed to chop my time down from 1:21:15 to 1:18:04 [remember- it's chocked full of hills;)], which means my pace went from an uninspiring 8:08 to just 7:48- still far off the sub 7 min. mil pace from a couple years ago, but I'm really looking forward to getting back down there again and faster!

next up to contend with are a few more action-packed weekends, that will require quite a bit of reshuffling of the schedule, but nothing i can't handle.

... off for a run!

... patenaude