Week 18: Hill Running, Recovery and Tapering
Since last Sunday’s Ventura Marathon training run, I feel more relaxed and less anxious about the upcoming races, which is a great thing. However, the training run was so taxing on my body, this whole week was sort of spent on recovery, which is still continuing, in fact. It took almost 2 days for my legs to function normally. Now that the Santa Rosa Marathon is only 2 weeks away, it is time to concentrate on tapering.
|Week Countdown||Week||Mon||Tue||Wed||Thur||Fri||Sat||Sun||Total Amount|
|Week 18||8/3 – 8/9||Rest||5||3||6||6||3||12||35|
|Fartlek (5 miles)|
|Pace||7:14, 8:45, 7:33, 8:43, 7:09, 7:02||7:14||7:32||7:21|
|Time||4:11, 9:03, 8:54, 9:12, 7:31, 4:09.8||53:03.12||26:25||1:30:40|
|Elev Gain||0 ft, 416 ft, 121 ft, 416 ft, 103 ft, 40 ft||N/A||55 ft||290 ft|
It was probably worse than how I remember it when the Surf City Marathon was over back in February.
But then again, there’s a joke that the reason why we, marathoners, keep signing up for upcoming races is because we keep forgetting how painful it was in 3 to 4 months of time. Maybe there’s some truth in that.
I knew that the training run took quite a bit of toll on my legs and my body when it was over, and it took literally almost 2 full days of resting before my legs started functioning normally. I literally limped everywhere, and those comments from coworkers that I looked funny when walking were rather comforting, I would say.
By Tuesday evening when I felt like I could go for an easy run, that’s what I did. Just over 3 miles. However, the pace was out of whack. My shins were in discomfort and my calves were not enjoying the run. So, I took it easy.
And it just came to me that I should have fun even while training. So, instead of 5 miles of fartlek training, I did trail running on hills. It was great in that I was not thinking about running faster pace. It was just a different pace, a different elevation and different surroundings to appreciate.
My new ASICS Gel-Kayano 21 Shoes were great although I still need a pair of trail running shoes.
I was hoping to do another long run, about 18-20 miles, today (Sunday), but I guess it wasn’t necessarily meant to be. I woke up at 3:15 am, had breakfast, and took a nap before getting up at 5 am.
I thought I set the alarm.
But it was 6 something when I opened my eyes. Ugh…
So, I changed my mind to run later. In the evening.
And then, the sun disappeared in the morning and it got overcast.
So, I changed my mind again that it was time to hit the pavement.
I am glad that I did that although the sun came out at around the 9 mile mark. Thanks to the breeze that never subsided, the sun didn’t bother me much. And most of all, I kept the pace at between 7:15 and 7:20 although there were moments where I just couldn’t, meaning my legs were not recovered enough. It was so clear to me that I just couldn’t kept the pace in this condition after the 11 mile mark.
More recovery will follow.
And time to taper.
Toward the end of the run, I ran into the mob of people on their bicycles. I don’t usually follow such events, but it is one of the annual ride a bicycle to the beach festivals called CicLAvia. It takes place in different parts of LA throughout the year, and they were biking through my neighborhood today. It did go through my area 2 years ago. Then it was literally 500 yards away from my place.
It actually occurred to me that it would have been fun to run with these bicyclists as an out and back run, turning a boring run into a spectacle with bicyclists’ fanfare.
The distance from my place to Venice Beach is 5 miles, and I could’ve easily turn this into a 12 mile run, which I have done in the past.
Maybe next time.
I’ll focus on my legs’ full recovery this week while tapering. Now that I’ve got only 2 weeks left till the race day, I do not see the point in trying to run long miles as my legs still need to rest up and get ready for the long hours of endurance on the race day.
How is your training going? Did you run any race today? How did it go? Are you running the Santa Rosa Marathon in 2 weeks? Are you ready?
Thanks for reading.