Lesson Learned :(

OK, so some things you have to learn the hard way right?  The lesson I learned today is:

DO NOT DO “SPEED WORK” THE DAY BEFORE A LONG RUN!

My schedule called for an easy 4 miler on Saturday and a 20 miler on Sunday.  I had the opportunity to hit the track with an awesome local 10K’er who offered to be a pace runner for me and teach me some things on the track.  So rather than a nice relaxing 4 on Saturday I was really pushing myself to the limits and worked alot harder than I have in a while.  Turns out running short races is a much different skill set than marathons (breathing patterns, stride, pacing, etc…).  More stuff to learn!  Either way the work out was great and showed me than I probably push myself a little harder than I have in the past.

The downside to the story starts a 5:00 AM the next morning.  I woke up very sore and tired… having to go out and run 20 miles.  Welp, the first 10 or so went ok, but then the wheels came off the bus.  I was feeling very fatigued and the 85% humidity and 80 degree weather (at 7AM!) didnt help.  At mile 12 I was running on some really smashed up side walk and didnt get my foot up high enough.  My toe caught the curb and I took a nice digger and ate some cement :(   Nothing too serious though.  My hands got the worst of it.  I got up, brushed off and kept running :) A mile or so after that after that I really was struggling and trying to push myself.  I really pushed for a few more miles but my body finally gave out just under 18 miles (2 short of my goal)!  I am not happy about it and was seriously thinking of running a quick 2 tonight to make up for it, but I am going to try not to be too crazy and just let it go :)

http://nikerunning.nike.com/nikeplus/?l=runners,runs,616961134,runID,1745697470

My 23 miler in two weeks will go MUCH better.

Lesson learned!

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2 Responses to Lesson Learned :(

  1. Mike says:

    DON’T overdo it. I learned that the hard way and I’m still feeling the effects of it. Especially since you have a marathon coming up don’t do anything that cause you any unnecessary injury before that. Also we went out to Montauk this weekend and your idea of heading out to the Hamptons the night before is a good one. Once Montauk Highway becomes one lane it stays that way for about 35 miles and you will crawl for about 90% of it.

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