Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Double Anyone?

I ran my double yesterday with much trepidation (+3 Nitmos?). Anyhow, I did the lunch run with Lisa and Justin and it felt pretty good. 6 miles goes a lot quicker when you are running with others. I really didn't feel too overworked and felt like the evening run would go well too.

My original plan was to go out the door as soon as I got home so that I wouldn't have food in my stomach for the final 7. Then, I reconsidered. My wife and daughter are headed to the Poconos for the next three days (Tues-Thurs), so I thought it would be a good idea to hang out with them until Sophie was ready to go to sleep. Great plan for the family, not so great plan for the run.

After hanging out with the fam and admiring our new fence (it looks awesome by the way), I finally got out on my run. I was feeling like I ate a little too much for dinner and a little run down. But, surprisingly (for me anyway), that wore off pretty quickly. I got through 3 miles and up the biggest climb of the run (witnessed by a 11 minute 3rd mile) and then it was mostly down hill and fast from there on out. I clipped off a number of low 9:00 miles and before I knew it, I was home.

Moral of the story? Physically, doing a double during a workday wasn't really that bad. Mentally, it SUCKED!! It consumed my day and I really don't want to make a habit of it.

I know that marathon training is not easy and you'll have your moments. But, I feel like I've been having a "moment" every week when my long run comes around. I'm not saying I'm quitting, but I am analyzing a bit. If the next three weeks go the way the last three did, I may reconsider the training. Life is getting in the way of my running right now and that is actually ok with me. So.... we'll see.

Lunch Run Recap- 6.13 miles, 1:01:16, 10:00 pace
Evening Run Recap- 6.93 miles, 1:07:38, 9:46 pace


Anonymous said...

Don't hang on to Harrisburg for me. Each day that goes by puts it a little further out of my reach.

If you need to bail dude, bail. I am probably going to start looking for a December marathon soon. Possibly February.

All that assumes that I will eventually heal.

Eric Gervase said...

I'm not holding on for you. I actually want to do it. But, it's not going well so far. We'll see.

Nitmos said...

Trepidation is worth at least 5 points in my book. Any word in which I have to think about before spelling earns 5 minimum.

I can't say as I've ever run twice in one day in all these years. Once I'm out there, I just have to keep going 'til its done. Or I bag it and try again the next day. Way to perservere (+5 - not sure on the spelling).

Eric Gervase said...

I can't say that I want to do it again. :)