May 26 2009

Training Over.

Seems like really, this became the training blog for the 2009 Minneapolis Marathon, well that’s pretty much what I’ve been training for. Hospital Hill became almost an afterthought… but that was entirely unintentional. I always meant to train for Hospital Hill… and the Minneapolis Marathon just fell into place.

Training for a half-marathon is sooooo much easier than training for a full. Training for a full can be brutal – if you let it – it’s DOUBLE the half!!! Yes, I’m serious!

Anyway, I am registered for Hospital Hill now. What you say??? Wasn’t I always registered? Well last post on here was May 4th. I registered for HH on May 15. The last day they print your name on the bib, so I guess I made the cut for that! My bib is 2290.

Ok… so… how’s the training been going bub? Well its been going pretty good there Jack! Here’s what we have for ya (since May 4th):

May 7th – 2.96 Miles – 8:31 pace
May 8th – 4.5 Miles – 8:42 pace
May 11th – 6.85 Miles – 8:58 pace
May 13th – 4.5 Miles – 8:21 pace
May 16th – 14.28 Miles – 8:56 pace
May 19th – 3.1 Miles – 8:33 pace
May 25th – 5.75 Miles – 8:39 pace

Of note are May 11th – where, in doing ANOTHER 6.85 miles – I did something totally different! I did some major hill training. I ran up and down and up and down and up and down some HILLS! Despite being 6.85 miles it was a completely different route than the usual 6.85 – so this was a good pace/time.

May 16th – Long run. Felt pretty good. Felt like at the end of the 14.28 I still had a lot left, I was just tired/bored/had other things to do. When you devote one entire day (well morning really) to a marathon and have aid stations every couple miles and cheering people and pacers and people to run with and talk to – it’s a lot different than running 14 by yourself. I did take 1 gel and took a short water break at 7 miles, but that’s it. I think I’ll be good for race day.

Now the only FUCKING problem is I seem to have developed some shin splints. These are a son of a bitch that I’d just love to murder. I iced them tonight. They’ve been giving me problems when I’m running, but really I’ve kinda tried to take it easy. Guess it hasn’t worked to well because they seem to be getting worse not better. I’ve had them once before and they sucked then just like they do now. Last time I took a lot of time off and got some new shoes = fixed. Now, I’ve gotten some new shoes (not fixed) and tried to take time off… (not fixed).

OK so there it is! I am NOW taking time off. The run I did yesterday was the last one. I’m on complete rest until Sunday when I take on the whole 26. During that time I’m keeping my leg iced, doing stretches, and maybe a little cycling or something.

I’m ready for this race – shin splints or not. Just not sure how I’ll be holding up for Hospital Hill, we’ll see!!!!

And since I’m done training let’s see how KC Marathon Training last fall stacks up to Hospital Hill Minneapolis Marathon Training:

KC Miles Minneap Miles
13.24 14.28
11.62 13.34
10 13.1
9.35 13.1
8.87 10.15
8.57 7.75
7.57 6.86
7.43 6.85
7.24 6.85
6.93 6.85
6.73 6.85
6.51 6.85
6.41 6.85
6.2 6.85
6.17 6.15
6.15 5.75
6 5
5.88 5
5.69 4.5
5 4.5
4.95 4.5
4.91 4.38
4.86 3.5
4.86 3.5
4.52 3.5
4.5 3.5
4.5 3.4
4.5 3.4
4.5 3.2
4.32 3.1
4.17 3.1
3.8 2.96
3.61
3.5
3.5
3.5
3.48
3.37
3.34
3.28
3.15
3.14
3.14
2.8
2.68
(avg) 5.52 (avg) 6.23
(total) 248.44 (total) 199.47

So…
248 Total Miles for KC training over 100 days, July 8, 2008 and October 16, 2008. 13.24 long, 2.68 short, 5.52 average. 45 runs.
199 Total Miles for MN training over 128 days, Jan 17 2009 and May 25th 2009. 14.28 long, 2.96 short, 6.23 average. 32 runs.

BUT — I did do 10 treadmill runs for MN not counted in those tabulations! So bottom line is: I feel great for the race.

Report coming soon!

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May 4 2009

More 6.85 milers, and a third long run.

Well – did a long run this past Saturday. Really wanted to do 15 miles, or at least 14… but just didn’t happen. Guess I’ll settle for a 1/2 marathon. I was so beat finishing this… legs really couldn’t go on. That’ll be trouble for the marathon. Next weekend I’ve got another long(er) run scheduled. I think I’ll put some prep-work into it to make sure I can finish it no problem. Should be 15-18 miles for that one.

On the plus side/fun side I did do a couple more 6.85 milers – including the best yet:

March 7, 6.85 Miles – 1:02:54 – 9:11 pace
March 13, 6.85 Miles – 1:00:17 – 8:48 pace
March 14, 6.85 Miles – 57:02 – 8:19 pace
March 21, 6.85 Miles – 55:57 – 8:10 pace
April 6, 6.85 Miles – 58:34 – 8:33 pace
April 27, 6.85 Miles – 59:54 – 8:44 pace
April 29, 6.85 Miles – 54:57 – 8:01 pace

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