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Post  Bob on Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:10 pm

Did this blog get shut down?
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Post  Dave-O on Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:51 pm

I think he quit running to become a full-time young women's softball coach. I heard he's raising an elite prospect.
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Post  Schuey on Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:38 pm

Ran into him on the lakefront today!

So Greg how did that tempo run go?

Good to see and talk to you today.
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Re: Back to Basics

Post  GregC on Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:49 pm

I don't like to concede anything, especially when it has something to do with my running. I like to think I can handle anything that a training "plan" can throw at me. I like to think that I can handle the heavy mileage and still handle the hard workouts, and not let it affect my work and my family life. I like to think that, but it's not always the case. Sometimes, you have to make concessions.

So the last time I updated this thing was 8/14 and I was just getting over an ankle injury. Thankfully, that ankle issue never popped back up so I was able to get back to regular training over the past few weeks, but unfortunately, I continue to struggle with my workouts. During my 3 week blogging hiatus, I logged the following mileage:

8/15-8/21: 114 miles
8/22 - 8/28: 81 miles
8/29 - 9/4: 110 miles

If you just look at those numbers at face value, you'd say things are going good, but the workouts just aren't there. My 8 mile tempo, which has been a staple in my training for years is still a struggle. I'm struggling to even hit MP on the run. There have been some decent ones in there, but the consistency isn't there. Which gets me to my concession speech. I think the mileage is getting me. I've never run this many 110+ miles in my life, and maybe at age 38, now isn't the time to introduce it. So as we enter T-5 weeks to Chicago, I'm going to be cutting mileage in an effort to start hitting these workouts. I think the big mileage served it's purpose, but the price I'm paying is too much. A recovery day withs runs of 9 & 6 miles, regardless of pace, just isn't getting me to where I need to be. So the next 3 weeks will be a focus on workouts and just filling in the rest of the days with truly easy, short runs.

And maybe it's working. After two days of double recovery 6 & 6 miles runs, I did a cruise interval session with 6 X 1 mile with a .2 mile jog between each. I do these on a .4 mile loop around a park, so the .2 mile recovery just works out logistically. With the way that my workouts have been going I just had a goal of completing this one with all the miles being under 5:30. And I did. With splits of 5:26, 5:25, 5:21, 5:19, 5:18, & 5:17. It was a nice confidence booster.

Am I back? I don't know. I definitely don't have a lot of room for error and if things don't go very well over the next 3 weeks, I'll have to re-evaluate goals for Chicago. But once I took a step back and looked at my training, it really does seem to be just a simple case of trying to do too much (over-tr, er, over-traini..., uh, over-trtrtr...ah. I can't say it). My only good workouts have come immediately following times of forced lay-off or days where I had a few easy days before hand.

Now I'm not dropping down to 50 miles or anything. I'll probably still be right around 100 per week for the next 3 weeks, but my recovery days will top out at 6 miles per run. The focus will be on recovery, not on hitting an arbitrary number. But I'm sick. I know this. Even with the evidence laid out in front of me that's this is what I need to do, I still find myself plotting for ways to keep the mileage up in the 115 range. What can I say. I'm a work in progress.
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Re: Back to Basics

Post  Jim Lentz on Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:03 pm

Greg, cutting the mileage at this point sounds like the smart thing to do. I bet as you do you see that you do much better at nailing your workouts.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:51 pm

Yeah, 38 - so very old, I mean it was the last year that I ran a sub 3:30 marathon easily on 45 mpw, so yup, you're over the hill. Just kidding Greg as you know. You're a smart guy and you know that listening to your body will always produce the best results. If you are dragging, then there are often reasons - family stuff (those beautiful chillins I'm sure demand their Daddy time), diet stuff (are you iron deficient? you can be you know), etc. - so you are smart to continue to evaluate and re-evaluate. Heck, even 50 mile weeks with lots of quality might do the trick Twisted Evil
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Post  Dave-O on Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:44 pm

If it helps, I'm doing the same. Ran 105 last week and plan to be the same this week. The 110-120 weeks get me. I was under-recovering (much easier to type than over-tra...).

You got plenty of time to fine-tune and hit some workouts. The 6 x 1 mile was a really good start.
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Re: Back to Basics

Post  Bob on Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:12 pm

Cutting the mileage is great and everything, but how's your trail running coming along? Let's get to what's important.
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Re: Back to Basics

Post  Penelope on Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:59 pm

Good luck with the training, and it sounds like you're being wise to re-assess and cut back if you're persistently struggling. Hopefully even a small reducting in your miles will give your running back the energy / spark you need.
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