A Racing Experiment
|August 1, 2012||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
For the last 2 months, I’ve been running a lot.
“A lot” being relative of course. Compared to my training partner who routinely logs 100+ mile weeks, or Scott Jurek who considers 110 miles “tapering”, I’m putting up pretty pathetic numbers. But when you look at all the data my garmin is racking up these days, compared to this time last year when 50 miles seemed like an insurmountable total for a seven day stretch, I’m feeling pretty good about using “a lot” to describe my mileage.
I haven’t necessarily been running very fast, in fact, I’ve been running pretty darn slow, with “running” being a kind way to describe my recovery shuffles. My paces are a far departure from where they were in the weeks leading up to Eugene, and not in the good direction, which I’m sure is both an unwanted gift from this super lovely summer of triple digit temps, body drenching humidity, and record breaking heat indexes, and, of course, the result of higher mileage training.
In addition to not moving particularly fast, I also haven’t exactly had much structure to my workouts. If I had a training plan, it would pretty much just revisit the theme from above and read “a lot of miles” on a weekly basis. My overall mileage is higher than ever before with 70, 80+ mile weeks as the norm and even peaking at 92, but speed work, tempo runs, and hill repeat are almost nonexistent.
I’ve consistently done double workouts, a few back to back longer runs, and training sessions that exceed the distance of a marathon. Not to mention running a handful of marathons “just for fun” in the months of May and June.
Basically, I’ve been training more like an ultra runner, than a marathoner, without actually having any clue what I’m doing.
But now I’m ready to put this training to the test and see how I race on the “a lot” method.
So I’m heading back to the races, FINALLY. With a 50k jaunt through Dahlgren, Virginia.
The course is rumored to be flat, which was a huge prerequisite for me, given the lack of any elevation changes in my life lately.
It’s also rumored, or just plain fact, to be hot and humid, which I’m hoping won’t completely kill me since I’ve made a very intentional effort to not hide from the hellacious summer weather.
My taper strategy is to follow last week’s 77 miles with a drastic reduction in road time coupled with some quality untappd time to try and up my mental game before race day. Wish me luck! (…on both on the race and the taper week survival. We all know resting is not my forte. See again: my love for the “a lot” approach to mileage.)