Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day 19 - Only 69 Days Left Until the London Marathon

Hi Everyone,

Seeing over the horizon. My run today can best be described as knowing the reward beyond your visible limits is worth pressing forward. I was physically depleted at 16 miles and the remaining 4mi were purely grit. Days like today are opportunities to grow both mentally and physically. I feel like I took advantage of both today.

I started in reserve direction of my normal exit from the neighborhood. It may seem small but the change helps the first two miles pass by quickly. I chose to run around the lake again today, good choice. I enjoy the atmosphere out there and all of the people keep it interesting. The best part though is that the route is still fresh.

Today's run could aslo be summarised as the slush run. While a lot of the sidewalks and running paths had melted, there were a number of stretches with slushy snow. At one point, my feet were soaked and freezing from the snow. For a moment, I felt like I was back in Canada.

As much as I had prepped, my shins were still giving me trouble as I started out but mellowed out by the time hit about 5mi. The challenges with today's run was the fatigue that sat in rather than the struggling with cardio. I feel like my level of V02 Max is above my levels of endurance. 

 I also believe my performance was off a little because of the speed PR attempt yesterday. Not my best decision this week. That said, I couldn't be more proud of my runs this weekend. A speed PR and a distance PR (single run and miles per week).

Good week.



  1. So, I ran 6 ( I know nothing like you!) solo miles yesterday! To my surprise, it wasn't horrible! See my new blog about it... But I wanted to tell you since (I think) you train solo, to look in to audio books for your ipod. This was my life saver yesterday! Especially for longer slower solo runs, it might be something for you to think about. I have a book that I've already read on mine, and some that I haven't. Even if you used it for your easier miles, and then turned up your music for the tougher miles.

  2. I haven't been able to sync up with anyone that is at a similar level/training for marathon to run with so all of my runs are solo. I run whenever I can squeeze in the time and that makes it hard to find running groups to join. That said, I haven't tried very hard and would be nice ever so often to switch it up.

    I enjoy solo runs though, you get time to think a little and just be out their pounding the pavement.

    I'm going to make it a goal this week to find a good audio book to download. I'll let you know how it goes.