Sunday, December 02, 2007

Surprise

Opted to do the full Tucson Marathon today as a training run instead of the half. First half was easy and pleasant (got to run with Masters legend Susan Loken for some of it), then worked the second half as a pace run by feel.

I actually really enjoyed myself and avoided the wall. Now off to see "Superbad" with my very patient wife.

Training: 5th place, 26.2 miles, 2:41 and change, 118 miles for the week. Whew.
Yesterday, 8 easy miles at 7:09 pace

17 comments:

Love2Run said...

Whew! That's some training run and week! Looking good for the Rock n Roll.

Duncan said...

Excellent.

Grellan said...

What a great training run - doesn't get much better than that.

What's your target time in January again???

Michael said...

I’m impressed, congratulations on a great “training” run, well done! I’m curious, what were the conditions like:)

Great week, keep up with the solid work!!!

Martin said...

Not precisely a "training" run when it's only 3 min 26 sec off your personal best!! You are amazing!

Congratulations!!

Omniscient said...

Nice man! I saw the results and quickly navigated to your blog to see what went "wrong" (if there is anything wrong with 2:40).

I'm glad you had a great long run and I'm sure a PB is in the works at Rock N Roll.

Dusty said...

5th place on a workout - YOU ROCK! Wow, and so close to your PR - you will blow it out of the water in January!

running faster with the ALIEN LIZARD said...

AWESOME, WHAT ELSE CAN ONE SAY,EXCEPT WE ARE MADE UP FOR YOU.

Juha said...

Well, should you fail to PB in your goal race, I'd be able to say: "You left it on the road in Tucson!"

Seriously, some marathoners like and maybe need to run a full marathon in training and some even do an overdistance long run shockingly near to their goal race pace, but I wouldn't advice anyone else to follow your example - unless they or their coach had a very firm idea on why they do that kind of run in exactly the way they do it and when during their marathon schedule.

Good luck, though! I don't see any reason why it should paint the skyline in ominous colours - although I'll be curious to read what your mystery coach opines on the subject!

Mike said...

Grellan, I'll have to see how things go from here, but with some luck and good training I'd like to see 2:35.

Michael, this was the perfect day to run very fast. 40 degrees at the start, very light breeze (cross-tailwind), and steadily warming into the mid-50's. Should be similar next month for us.

Juha, I'm still waiting for the word from the coach. We went back and forth on whether to to the half or full, but when it sounded like either choice would be more "workout" than race I opted for the longer run. Lydiard often advised a full marathon time trial (especially in his earlier books) at just slower than goal pace about a month out, which always seemed a bit extreme. But after putting in some decent mileage since Twin Cities and having some other good long runs, it seemed like 6 weeks out would work for this. Time (and how I recover) will tell the tale.

Thanks for all the comments.

Greg said...

You are Superbad. I forced my wife to sit through that movie on Saturday night.

Great job Mike.

Thomas said...

Surprise indeed, and a very impressive time for a training run.

Abadabajev said...

118 well well well. We got Eric the machine, now we got Mike the diesel engine. I'm impressed with your time but most importantly your confident attitude.

Rack 'em up.

Mark said...

Training run within 3% of your marathon PR?

Ask MC or Mike: What would the "just slower than goal pace" training time trial be? Would it be an even pace effort or progression?

Congrats Mike on another well run marathon.

by7 said...

Mike, you are "cheating" your readers: "first half at easy pace" , than "pushed as I felt like" .... and 2h41 !

Anonymous said...

Maybe mentioning the 1700+ ft elevation drop would clear things up for people that think this was too hard.

Mike said...

Anonymous has a good point on the pace being easier than it would appear, and I plan on mentioning as much when I post with the splits tomorrow. The course does drop off a cliff and loses at least 1700 feet, which definitely offers some serious aid. It was this drop that gave both the coach and myself second thoughts on doing it though, as it can definitely beat up the legs more than a flat course.