4.04.2009

Daunting

This is how these last handful of long runs on my marathon training schedule feel. I wonder if I will ever get to a place/pace where I don't sort of agonize over these runs. Perhaps if I were "fast" I wouldn't feel this way, but I am expecting to be out there for up to 3.5 hours of actual running time to cover today's 18 miler, not including potty break(s). That's a really long time to be moving. There are many people who finish the complete marathon distance at their "easy pace" in the time it takes me to run 20 miles at MY easy pace. I'd just be happy to be able to do my 20 milers in under 3 hours, rather than approaching the 4 hour mark.

I know losing 15-20 (or more...I could lose 25 and still be at a very healthy weight) would go a LONG way towards making me faster, but as long as these stupid food/candy-centric holidays keep cropping up at regular intervals this is not bound to happen quickly. I hope to be well under 140#s for my second marathon, which will beat where I was for #1 after taper bloat. But under 120#s would be ideal. Some calculators suggest an increase in speed of ~3 seconds/mile/pound lost. This would net me a pace increase of about a minute/mile...which would make my 20 mile runs 20 minutes faster...hmmm.... And the faster I run, the more miles I could cover in the same amount of time, which would make me faster still.

Now I just need to put on blinders when I walk by the Easter candy displays at the store. Man, I LOVES me some Cadbury caramel eggs! :p

3 comments:

  1. I've been going through something kinda similar with being slow haha. It's hard to get excited going to a race knowing you are going to be one of the last people to cross the finish line. And it doesn't help that I've only done local/tiny races that are populated by our area "elite" who think that an easy 10 miler is done in an hour and five minutes....It's just disheartening and makes me start to (stupidly) question why I am doing this when I am soooooooo slow.

    But, I am loving it anyways. But I think it does take a little extra effort to get out there and do really long runs and go to races knowing that they are going to take you a lot longer than most anyone else. I did love my cheering crowd today when I finished my 10 mile race...one perk to having everyone else finish before you :)

    Good luck avoiding the lure of cabury. Those suckers are addictive!

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  2. Good luck with your 18 miler - I was scheduled for a 15 miler today but have been sick over the past week and a half so no run :-( I'm hoping to get out for an easy 3 or 4 tomorrow to get back into the swing of things.

    I hear ya on the weight issue too. I just went to the doctor and the good news was she did not think I looked as heavy as the scale said. The bad news is that she said I really should lose 10 and ideally 20 pounds. I'm sure if I was down from 170# to 150#, I would be a lot faster than I am today!

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  3. Girl...slow? You aren't foolin' anyone. Slow girls don't take 3rd place in a 10 mile trail race!

    ;)

    Mike, you sure have had a slew of set-backs. I hope things turn around for you soon. Such frustration!

    The weight thing sound so simple...but it's not. If you're anything like me running makes you ravenous...cutting calories may cut some pounds off, but it also causes runs to often be sorta crappy. It's a bad catch-22.

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