Saturday, February 13, 2010

Long Run Alone

I was hoping to go to Bankhead and scout out the Yellow loop on the Black Warrior 50k course this morning. But I slept until 7:30 instead. Sleep feels good! I decided to just do a long run around Athens to free up time for other things that I have to do today. The weather was surprisingly warmer than I expected. It started cold, but warmed quickly into the upper 30s.

I've been feeling pretty fatigued and yucky for the past week or so. I'm not sure exactly what's wrong, but something isn't quite right. I've been getting sleep, but I'm still tired. I think it's just a little sinus congestion causing earaches. Or maybe I'm just tired of the cold. Who knows, but I've been lethargic to say the least.

The marathon training schedule called for an 18 miler. I was quite surprised when I was feeling great at around mile 4. So I decided that I'd do some quality miles on this run. At mile 16, I was still feeling good, so I decided to stretch it out to 20 miles. At the end, I still felt good, like I could have run more! But I need to save some for this weeks workouts and next weekend's Black Warrior 50k.

20 miles at a 7:45 average pace isn't too bad for a tired old man on a training run with nobody to push or pull him.

3 comments:

Getting My Words Out said...

I AM SO STINKING IMPRESSED!!!! If only I could be like you one day...well, in female form!! (Do you know any female versions of you who have a blog I can stalk??!!)

David Tiefenthaler said...

Just curious. What marathon program are you following?

reachdown said...

I'm following the 12 week program in Advanced Marathoning, but modified to fit my schedule. The modifications are based on the principles in that book and the principles in Jack Daniels' Running Formula.