So, in a number of days I get to run the Missoula Half Marathon. That means I get to go on vacation to MONTANA! I am just a little excited about it.
How has the training been? Well not to shabby actually. One thing I absolutely hate doing is putting a training plan together. I love when it shows up “stork” style at my front door. Or when it comes through email via my Ironman. We are a household that are true believers in the Pete Pfitzinger style of running plan. He’s big on volume! My ironman put a plan together and it was averaging around 40-45 miles a week. To my surprise I have hit those weekly mileage goals even with the dreadful Alabama Weather. I’ve even done pretty good with the speed workout in the plan. Oddly enough its been a pretty pleasant experience.
I think out of 11 weeks, I had 2 weeks that weren’t so great. Last week was definitely one of them, instead of running 40ish miles I ran 8 and slept ALOT. I was stressed and just didn’t run. Sadly, that happens sometimes.
Now, all I have to do is figure out what type of goal for the race, I think I will stick with as close to 1:50 as possible. Sounds good to me. I am hoping all this running in Humidity and HOT will translate well to the cooler Western temps.
One of the best ways I have been dealing with the Heat & Humidity is logging quality runs on the treadmill. I know a lot of people hate the treadmill or the “dreadmill” but I think the Treadmill really gets a bad rap. Its a climate controlled tool to use to get it done! I’d much rather run on a treadmill with a good pace and fan than suffer in soul sucking humidity and have a horrible run. Im just saying!
Tapering usually makes me think and reflect on what I’ve been doing or haven’t been doing for a training cycle or the running year.
What did I find?
I found that its taken almost up until now to get my groove back in a training plan. I can’t say it enough the Charleston Marathon back in January just wore me out. Even though it was a PR it wasn’t close to what I wanted. A friend of mine and I had a discussion on a long run about, disappointment that goes along with long distance races and how you recover. It can be the DNF of a 100 miler that leaves you feeling awful for months, missing a BQ, missing sub 4 for a marathon numerous times, but I think even if you finish and the experience is awful, can really effect your recovery. I find this to be true in my case. I haven’t even wanted to sign up or run anything related to 26.2 since January.
Funny thing is, I still have that 50 mile nag at me from Land Between the Lakes over a year later. I hated dropping from the 50 mile to 60K, and I tell you its been on my mind ever since. So, I think its time to finally try again. Its a little bit in the future but in March of 2015, I plan to try out the 50 mile race again. But, this time I won’t leave feeling unfinished. I plan to run the Prairie Spirit 50 miler in March. Why Kansas? Why not? Its close to my home State of Missouri, and its a rails to trails race, perfect for the so so trail runner that I am.
But for now and this moment, I am focused on running in Missoula and seeing my favorite Monica! Waking up to the mountains is just what this girl needs.
Running doesn’t always have to be perfect and planned but it does have to be ours. Make running the part of your life that you want not what you think it should be.