Kinda Tired… and Yikes!


My last couple speed workouts have really been tough. I’ve done similar ones, but they didn’t feel as difficult as this week. I think it’s cumulative fatigue going on. I can’t say I like it.

I’m trying to move past it since my training run marathon is in *gulp* 8 days. My coach just emailed me that she thinks my initial plan of a 4:30 is too conservative –even running conservatively — based on my paces for the last several weeks. I can’t say I disagree. She suggested something that will put me closer to 4:00-4:10, which… I guess it scares me. It probably shouldn’t. Wouldn’t it be nice if that ends up feeling conservative to me? That should make my BQ goal of 3:55 a lot less far away.

I just wish I’d felt more happy about this week’s runs. I’m going to sleep on it and see how I feel.

PS: I bought a jump rope. Damned if I’m going to let a child’s toy get the better of me.


15 thoughts on “Kinda Tired… and Yikes!

    • Yes, it’s running the full 26.2 in a real race (The Treasure Coast Marathon in Florida), but I’m not running it at “race pace”.

      My goal marathon is the Providence Cox Marathon on May 4, which is the one I’m going to try to qualify to run the 2015 Boston Marathon.

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  1. You’ve got this. And like you said – no matter what, you are going to PR. So no pressure and no worries. Play around with your supplements and water intake and make sure you note when you hit the “wall.” The best advice I can give for trying to BQ is to figure out how to push back your wall as far as possible. And that comes from your fluid and nutrition intake during the race. So pay attention!

      • Sweet! My advice is to forget any time goals. Your goal is to finish. Once you know what it’s like to run 26.2 then next time you can set a time goal. Thanks not just coming from me, most of the top marathon minds say the se thing. You should be happy about finishing your first full, not depressed because you didn’t make a certain time first time out.

        • I’m more or less doing that, not overly worried about time. But my coach and I were discussing a strategy, so my question to get was about what paces I should try out. One oft other main goals is to practice fueling. Her instruction is to try around a 9:30 pace and if I still feel good after 20-22 miles, I can increase speed. I’m not sure how much I’ll want to increase at that point, but just having some sort of a plan helps me feel a little less nervous, if that makes any sense.

          That all said, if I take 5 hours, so be it. My goal marathon isn’t until May 4, so this one next week is an opportunity to see what I need to work on to prepare for the next.

  2. I know what you mean about being scared, but don’t be! I think you’ve got this all day.
    Congratulations on your new jump rope. You are way more coordinated than I am if you are any good at those. 🙂

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