Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Week Ten

Behind me...

10 weeks of Ridge to Bridge training.


The Ireland trip.

My first 20 miler of the season.

My first 50 mile week of the year.

Summer, however, is not behind me... yet.  I know this because it was just as warm and muggy at the start of my 20 miler at Umstead with Ken Becker as it was on one of those days in early July where the high was 105. 

We threw in a little North Turkey Creek around the halfway point.  Every large hill was another small goal to conquer, each stride another small step to a much larger goal.  

At the finish of this run, it was 'only 88' but 'felt like 97'.  Our last 5 were faster pace than any of the previous 3 sets of 5... and it hurt, but in a good way.

The first very long run of the year should be the hardest.  It will be cooler the next time around (I hope), and I'll have the recent experience of this first 20 of the season under my belt.  This one was just one to finish, cross off the list, and move on. 

you might not be gone yet, but your days are numbered, you bloodsucking demons

This is the stretch of the training cycle that gets tough.  Anyone training for a fall race knows this.  The days are getting shorter, but the crisp autumn air hasn't settled in yet.  Most days, I ache going up and down the stairs.  I am always hungry.  It's easy to come up with a million excuses or bitch about how tired I am.  Sure, I give myself Mondays and Fridays off, but the other 5 days I just lace up my shoes and get going without thinking twice.  This doesn't make me a better person than anyone else.  No one else benefits from this self-focused perseverance, if anything I'm sure Megan would prefer to have me around more.  I just decided I wanted to run a fast race this fall, and so this is what I have to do to get there.  My work is busy these days, but it always will be and I have to take this as a good thing; so I can think of no better time than now to do this.  In 5 years I won't be running this much.  I won't break Paul Ryan's fake PR of 2:50, but I know what it takes to get within 15 minutes of that will require more than what I've ever given before.

Left ahead...

8 more weeks of training.

2 more 20 mile runs.

3 more 50+ mile weeks.

Maybe a half-marathon or 10K road race later in month.

Lots of hills, training runs listening to Fun, Reptar, Arcade Fire, and 90s music... and trying to enjoy every minute of it.

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