Pool Running is Fun Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:17:50 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Tue, Oct 17, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-17-2017.html <p>PM: 8 with strides + standard core routine</p> <p>Nice and cool outside. It&#39;s finally fall</p> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 16, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-16-2017.html <p>PM: 6 miles with strides + standard core routine</p> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Oct 15, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-15-2017.html <p>AM: 6 miles</p> <p>Feeling better</p> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 14, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-14-2017.html <p>AM: 5 miles + standard core routine</p> <p>feel better. core very weak from inactivity and eating/drinking like shit</p> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Oct 13, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-13-2017.html <p>AM: 4 miles pretty slowly</p> <p>feel stiff and heavy. Pretty typical</p> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Oct 12, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-12-2017.html <p>AM: 1 hour pool run</p> <p>PM: off</p> <p>legs feeling much better. No longer sore really and am walking just fine. Going to give it another day with tomorrow off then run a little on Saturday. I feel like I could run now though.</p> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Oct 11, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-11-2017.html <p>complete rest.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 10, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-10-2017.html <p>PM: 40 minute pool run</p> <p>legs are not that sore. My leg muscles, however, are very weak and I&#39;m walking slowly.</p> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 09, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-09-2017.html <p>AM: 35 min. pool run</p> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Oct 08, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-08-2017.html <p>I made a gamble when deciding to run the Chicago Marathon. I knew that on October 8 the weather could be extremely warm for marathoning but decided to take the risk as it was a fast course and it was&nbsp; a major. Indeed it was warmer than optimal on race morning but it could have been a lot worse. At the end of the day though I think the sharply rising temps interfered with my ability to judge my pace to the finish but I am happy with how I ran.</p> <p>I participated as a member of the American Development program as I had previously broken 2:30 at Philly in 2015. That was a cool experience since I was with some very fast folks and had access to a special warm up area, massage, and toilet facilities. I also got to line up next to the elites. You&rsquo;d be surprised just how small and lithe these true elites are. They are on a whole different level of running. I looked to my right and there was Kimetto, Rupp, Kirui, and Tadese. &nbsp;Tirunesh Dibaba passed me on my warm up jog. Pretty cool.</p> <p>Chicago wasn&rsquo;t looking good a week out weather wise. However, I decided to stick with it as I ran my races in much worse conditions. The race started at 58 degrees and climbed to near 70 by the end. I went out conservatively at 6:00 or so for the first mile then a 5:52, then another 5:52 or so. GPS was useless with the buildings at this point. I then settled in to about a mid 5:40s tempo which felt very relaxed and easy. My goal was to not pick it up until after the half as I passed the half in nearly 1:16 which was quite conservative. I thought for sure I could run a 1:14-15 second half and still have a decent day. Well at that point I started running a few sub 5:40s. a 5:37, two 5:39s, etc. (fyi, I was taking manual splits). Felt like a million bucks. I began to feel really warm though and I started noticing it was getting harder to maintain and my pace began to slip. By mile 20 I knew I had made a mistake by even attempting to pick it up after the half and by mile 23 I was shot. I can still remember how pissed I was staring at the 23 mile marker (In my head I was like (God Da%m# it, son of a B*#$h my legs are shot). I misjudged it. I should have stayed conservative in light of the heat which by then was getting bad as the sun was getting high. I was too focused on time, not realizing conditions (and maybe my fitness) was not ready for 2:28. I made a decision to pick it up mid race and had to live with it. Would I have been to maintain 5:40 or sub 5:40 and run 2:30-31 if the temps were 45 degrees? Maybe.</p> <p>I was very thirsty no matter how much I drank by mile 19. I was taking two cups at every stop by then. I just trudged through it and was eventually well over 6:00 pace until the end. I was spent and very thirsty. I had that physically ill feeling I always get from marathons and was dizzy afterward. This was the result of me really pushing myself. Even though I blew up and my time was slower, I raced really hard. That is why I&rsquo;m not really that ticked I ran slowly even though it does bother me a bit.</p> <p>The marathon is a bitch and a half but my training was great and I did a pretty decent job of pacing correctly, at least a better job than I had in the past. I learned a lot about the relationship between how I feel and how fast I should be running at a given moment in the marathon.&nbsp; There were no profound insights to life or existential experiences, only times where I wanted to quit and it was really flippin hard. That&#39;s the marathon. I just kept moving forward and eventually made it</p> <p>Unfortunately I&rsquo;ve not had a good race in a very long time and I&rsquo;m a little burnt on trying to run marathons. It&rsquo;s crazy training all the time and having shitty races. Better to race shorter distances. Less stress, less taper, less destroyed legs, less recovery, and more opportunities to race well.</p> <p><a href="http://results.chicagomarathon.com/2017/?pid=list">Results</a></p> Sun, 08 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 07, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-07-2017.html <p>AM: 3 miles with lots of stretching</p> Sat, 07 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Oct 06, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-06-2017.html <p>AM: 4 miles with some strides</p> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Oct 05, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-05-2017.html <p>AM: 5 miles + stretch, foam rolling</p> <p>PM:</p> <p>Feeling really good today. Rested for once</p> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Oct 04, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-04-2017.html <p>AM: off</p> <p>PM: 7 miles with 4 20 sec strides included + standard core routine, stick rolling</p> <p>I&#39;ve been back reading &quot;Elite Minds&quot; by sports psychologist Stan Beecham. I always drift back into negativity, fear, and ego. But not this time. Get your mind right, get your grind right.</p> Wed, 04 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 03, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-03-2017.html <p>AM: 2.6 WU 4x800m 2.6 CD&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>PM: rest</p> <p>just a little pickup to keep the legs stretched.</p> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 02, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-02-2017.html <p>AM: rest</p> <p>PM: 8 miles with 5x20sec strides + standard core routine</p> Mon, 02 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Oct 01, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-01-2017.html <p>AM: 12 miles easy to moderate around Duke University and the hilly trail.</p> <p>PM: off</p> Sun, 01 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Sep 30, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-30-2017.html <p>AM: 10 miles easy around Duke University. hilly trail</p> <p>PM: off</p> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Sep 29, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-29-2017.html <p>AM: 4.5 WU 5K tempo 2.7 CD + standard core routine</p> <p>PM: off</p> <p>Feeling good during taper. Cooler weather. 5:20,5:16,5:14</p> Fri, 29 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Sep 28, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-28-2017.html <p>AM: 7 miles&nbsp;</p> <p>PM: off. ran out of time. might as well take this one off</p> <p>humid as balls this morning, 72 degrees a 6:30. Weather looking worse and worse for Chicago, sadly. Months of training could be a complete waste if its well over 60 degrees marathon morning.</p> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Sep 27, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-27-2017.html <p>AM: off</p> <p>PM: 8.5 miles + standard core routine</p> <p>Very hot tonight. It was 91 degrees at 5:30 pm. completely nuts as the average high this time of year is 76.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Sep 26, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-26-2017.html <p>AM: 2.5 WU 2x1600m,3x800m 0.5 CD</p> <p>PM: 5 miles + standard core routine</p> <p>had to skip cool down to catch the shuttle out to Ashburn. Good workout, not crushing anything as the hay is in the barn for Chicago. 5:10,5:02,2:27,2:26,2:23</p> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Sep 25, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-25-2017.html <p>AM: 6 miles + stretch, foam rolling</p> <p>PM: 5 miles + standard core routine</p> <p>Hot and humid again, about 90. Getting sick of July in late September.</p> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Sep 24, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-24-2017.html <p>AM: 16 progression with a mile cool down</p> <p>PM: 1 hr. pool run</p> <p>was getting really hot at the end of the run and was a little dehydrated. Still ran the last five: 5:40,5:36,5:30,5:31,5:32</p> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Sep 23, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-23-2017.html <p>AM: 10 miles</p> <p>Getting warm. slept in</p> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Sep 22, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-22-2017.html <p>AM: 2.8 WU 3200, 1600 2.7 CD &nbsp; &nbsp;10:36, 5:10</p> <p>PM: 5 miles + alternate core routine</p> <p>Nice and easy this morning. It&#39;s almost hay in the barn season as I have two weeks until the marathon. Sunday I have 16 progression and that&#39;s really it for anything too hard.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Sep 21, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-21-2017.html <p>AM: 8 miles + stretch</p> <p>PM: 5 miles with 6x20 sec strides</p> <p>humid again. Supposed to be over 90 a few days next week. the average high this time of year is 76. Glad I&#39;m tapering.</p> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Sep 20, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-20-2017.html <p>AM: 10 miles + stretch, foam rolling. Very humid</p> <p>PM: 5 miles + standard core routine</p> <p>Hot and humid</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Sep 19, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-19-2017.html <p>AM: 10 miles + stretch, foam rolling</p> <p>PM: 5 miles. humid</p> <p>Hilly and slower this morning. Take a look at the forcast below. My question is &quot;where did fall go!?&quot; Well, it&#39;s got to cool off when October comes, right?</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://i1077.photobucket.com/albums/w467/freakitypopo1/Untitled_zpsf6wsod1e.png" style="width: 630px; height: 271px;" /></p> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Sep 18, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-18-2017.html <p>AM: off/rest</p> <p>PM: 8 miles + standard core routine</p> <p>Well, my run felt fine. Legs are a little tired. I just can&#39;t let my shitty prep races get to me as I begin my taper and mental preparations for Chicago.</p> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Sep 17, 2017 http://mdeters.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-17-2017.html <p>I went in this race with high hopes (as usual). Afterall, it&rsquo;s always best to be confident, right? My training was going great and everything felt very easy. I felt like I could run 5:30-5:40 pace forever the last few long runs and the mileage never made me too tired. Then the weather changed. It was in the 50s- low 60s and dry for most of the big workouts during the last few months. But it was 68 with 100% humidity for this morning&rsquo;s race. I should have been smart and dropped down to the 5 miler or ran the half much more conservatively.</p> <p>Sadly, in my excitement to race I ran with the lead pack for the first 6 miles&mdash;which felt so easy it was a joke to go low 5:20s. Then out of nowhere my legs started to get heavy. I wasn&rsquo;t breathing hard or anything but my legs just weren&rsquo;t moving fast enough to keep up with the pack. Then we started going uphill and my pace slowed even further. I tried to surge several times but my legs were all but shot 7-8 miles in and then it just got worse. I was not even suffering that much but rather my legs simply refused to move. It&rsquo;s happened in nearly all of my races lately.</p> <p>My guess is my legs are tired from a full marathon buildup without the taper. I took a day off and an easy day and it was obviously not enough to allow me to recover. I&rsquo;ve come to this conclusion due to the fact that it felt so easy for 6 miles and that if I had tapered or had been doing short long runs, I&rsquo;d have been able to hang on to the pack longer as my legs would have been fresher.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s really disheartening to suffer through yet another awful race. It&rsquo;s safe to say that I will NEVER run this race again. I always say I&rsquo;ll never run it again but this time I mean it. The weather is always terrible and you can&rsquo;t get any worse this time of year than 68-70 with a 68-70 dew point.</p> <p>update: after a few days I think a combination of things happened but mostly my legs just were not recovered enough going in to truly run my best and the heat just made it worse. I need to make sure I rest up for Chicago.</p> <p><a href="http://results.xacte.com/?kw=naf">Results</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="&lt;a href=&quot;https://imgur.com/9XDLSbI&quot;&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;https://i.imgur.com/9XDLSbI.jpg&quot; title=&quot;source: imgur.com&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;" /><img alt="" src="https://i.imgur.com/9XDLSbI.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /></p> <p>Me breaking off the pack to get a bottle of water from my teammate. I felt like a million bucks here and it was at mile 5 or so. All of a sudden after mile 6 or so my legs felt very heavy and they refused to move. Guess all that mile caught up with me. Humid as f$ck too.</p> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:00:00