It’s Oakland Marathon week!
What was (3 months ago) my end training goal is now just a training run en route to the bigger goal that appeared, out of nowhere, 2 months ago.
American River 50 Mile Training Goals
- Strength train two times a week
- Yoga once a week
- Mobility work/ foam rolling nearly every day. I won’t commit to every day, but more often than not
- Research 1 area of 50 miler
- 1 run with significant elevation gain a week
- 2 trail runs a week
The Plan v. Reality
|7 miles||6 miles|
|rest||8 miles||26.2 miles|
|7 miles||6 miles||rest||5+ miles walking||26.2|
Area of Focus This Week
Food. Specifically fueling better day-to-day
The Week That Was
How am I consistently feeling pretty good after my crazy long mileage weekends? And how can I manage to feel bad about not feeling bad?
I did the Nike Training Club (NTC) ‘Essential Restorative Yoga’ video this morning, just to get my muscles moving.
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Its Oakland Marathon week! Ill again be the leader of the 5 hour pace group on race day. It will be a training run for me so im not doing a true taper, but im going to try to be somewhat responsible this week so ill be ready to give 100% to my pacees and nail my finish time on race day. PS – if the race once again runs out of food for the slower finishers (last year i got a half a banana- they'd long since run out of everything else) I may just riot. #slowrunnerswantsnackstoo #lmjs #oaklandmarathon #ihellarunoakland #runoak
5 miles? This morning’s run felt so gloriously short. Post-run I did my strength work.
This is marathon week for the Oakland Marathon. I am pacing the race and many of the trainees I’ve been running with during the running club group runs will be heading out for their first marathons.
I’m not doing a true taper since for me the race is just another training run, but I am going to make sure I don’t overdo it this week. I take pacing responsibilities very seriously and I want to make sure I have enough oomph for the race.
After a week of sunny days, I woke up to rain.
Not to be dissuaded, I broke out the rain gear, ran, and got soaked.
By the time I got home, stretched and showered, it was clear blue sky with nary a cloud to be seen.
I didn’t time that one right…
Thursday runs sure have become my ‘meh’ days, my I don’t wanna run days, and my feeling off days.
True to form, this morning I was feeling meh, I didn’t want to run, and was feeling off.
I suppose there is something to be said for consistency.
I’m really debating what to do tomorrow.
The marathon is Sunday. If I was running as a civilian, I wouldn’t think twice about doing 10 miles tomorrow. However, I’m a pacer and while I have no doubt I’ll feel fine regardless of how much (or if) I run Saturday, I want to be sure I’m at 100%.
Run? Not run? Not run, but walk a bunch?
I’ll play it by ear.
I decided to not run today, but I did a ton of walking. It’s not exactly the same, but still…
I am positive I would have been physically fine running, but I think I might have gotten mentally nervous about how it would impact my marathon.
It just wasn’t worth the mental stresses.
I walked over to the convention center for the Oakland Marathon expo (2ish miles each way). And walked more in the afternoon.
That has to count for something fitness-wise, right? Especially considering how much I’ll be walking at AR50 (I totally realize I’m justifying…)
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Oakland Marathon 2019 is in the books! I was the 5 hour pacer and finished in 4:58.59. I had a great group running with me and most ran ahead in the last miles since they were feeling good. I had issues with Oakland in 2018 (mile markers were totally off and they ran out of food for the finishers, topped my complaint list), ill give credit were credit is due- they took feedback from runners, made improvements, and they didnt have any of the same issues this year. #oaklandmarathon #ihellarunoakland #pacerduty
Oakland Marathon day! A full recap will be coming on Tuesday, but in brief…
I was the 5 hour pacer and came in at 4.58.59. I don’t love that I was a minute off, but I need to keep in mind that I ran for 5 hours. 1 minute is such a small percentage – I need to cut myself a little slack.
On the upside (from a training POV), I felt great. I for sure could have kept running. I don’t know if I could have basically doubled my miles, but I feel like I could have gotten close.
Tonight? So much foam rolling…
- On the goals front, I did yoga, 1 of 2 days of strength work, some elevation gain (though I wouldn’t call it significant), and so much foam rolling!
- No trails (but I will be hitting a trail tomorrow was day 2 of my back-to-back long runs)
- I get so nervous before a race when I’m pacing – I feel like I’d be letting everyone else down if I have a bad race (in addition to having a bad race). I felt out of sorts on Saturday. It was a perfect storm of the usual pacer nerves (especially pacing for Oakland which has a history of putting mile markers in the wrong spots – which makes pacing even more difficult), but then there was also my endless debating if I should run Saturday, in addition to my on-going monologue about if I’m training enough, if I should be doing more, if I’m prepared…
- With my freezer stocked with staples, I ate very well this week. I hit my area of focus out of the park this week!
|Plan||15 miles||yoga||7 miles||6 miles|
|rest||13 miles||10 miles|
|Actual||15 miles||rest/stretching||7 miles||5 miles & 7 miles||rest||10.5 miles||6 miles|
Area of Focus
I’m coming down to it now. While I’m sure I was more nervous for this marathon than I will be AR50, I need to work on focusing and relaxing.