|dawn run, pacific grove, ca|
cypress trees and ocean
I managed a 6.9 mile run on Sunday by running early on the coast and it was beautiful. It was a slow run however as I was feeling pretty hungry and out of gas. One thing I have noticed doing these high miles is that if my diet does not have enough carbs for a day or two I can really feel it in the training.
We had eaten seafood the night before the run and there weren't many carbs with dinner.. A very tasty meal indeed but sometimes best to order more carb-y side dishes ;)
The next day we went to the Monterey Aquarium to see the special show "Tentacles"..it's all about octopuses (they don't call them 'octopi' or 'octopodes' it seems), cuttlefish and squids. A rare and amazing collection to see! Here's a few photos I took through the tank walls...
|pacific octopus ( about a 60 pounder)|
|Cuttlefish ( about 8 inches long)|
|mola moa (ocean sunfish) .one of the weirdest looking |
fish you'll ever see...about 2 meters from top to bottom.
This guy was in the 'open ocean' tank. (One of the largest tanks in the world)
This week (in green) I pulled off 58 miles. That included 10x600m intervals at 5k pace on Tuesday, 3 miles of tempo running and a 16 mile run at the recommended Hanson's long run pace for my goal (9:30m/m). I was feeling the miles (you can bet!) but still managed to get the long run done. It was not trivial but I was able to keep the pace throughout even thought the weather was 70+ and blazing bright sun (which adds a lot to the apparent temp) . I felt pretty strong for miles 10-16 which surprised me.
I drank and sipped diluted gel every half mile..... and ended up at my proper weight after the run!...Usually on a day like that I would end up more dehydrated.
I consumed about 800 cals in 2.5 hours...that is pretty good considering the warmish temps..no nausea at all.
My conclusion is that I should be able to handle Hanson's advanced program...I may drop some miles here and there due to constraints but it will still be many more miles than I've ever run for a buildup.
So far, only a few niggles (when I'm not warmed up and stretched out) but nothing that I would call an injury.
This coming week I'll be easing off .... I have 2 weeks until the 'official' T-18 weeks to Chicago and I don't want to overtrain before I even get started ;)...I've done a record amount of miles in the last 8 weeks.
Speaking of Chicago....I'm mentally prepared for the fact that it's likely to be a bust for a BQ: potentially hot weather! I have already signed up for CIM but that's the first week of December...so, I need one more marathon in between to harvest all this training...I'm considering the Indianapolis marathon on Nov 2, the reviews for it seem pretty good although crowding there can be a problem I hear. Anybody run that one?
My plan is to see what the weather is on race day(s) and then dial it way back if too hot for a BQ and use the race as a long run. Then I'll try again at the next venue. Hopefully at least one race will have good conditions.