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Jul 25, 2005



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • 5/20 - beat the bridge 8k
  • 5/26 - magnuson series memorial day 5k
  • 6/16 - magnuson series seattle solstice 5k 
  • SUMMER - CNW all comers T&F series 
  • 7/4 - magnuson series summer spirit run 5k
  • 8/18 - magnuson series summer fitness day 10k
  • 9/30 - bellingham bay half marathon 
  • 10/13 - escalante canyons marathon
  • 11/25 - seattle half marathon 

Long-Term Running Goals:

qualify for the 2020 olympic marathon trials in ATL (sub-2:45

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 85.50 Year: 493.50
TypeA8 Test Lifetime Miles: 170.00
Kinvara Test Lifetime Miles: 292.00
K9 Test Purpleberry Lifetime Miles: 287.00
Haunted Phoenix Lifetime Miles: 269.00
K9 Test Arctic Blueberry Lifetime Miles: 250.70
K9 Test Pinkerton Lifetime Miles: 244.00
Freedom Cut Me Loose Lifetime Miles: 252.00
Bubonic Plague Lifetime Miles: 365.00
Orange Splats Lifetime Miles: 219.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

went out on a long bike ride yesterday. i was riding at a good (possibly dangerous?) speed because i was venting my frustrations:

1) my inability to bounce back from this race and get back into training. nagging injuries like this make me feel weak. and then there's the mental aspect of it...trying to hang on to what seems to be some very slippery and uncooperative motivation.

2) moving! oh, i could go on and on. logan is great, but change isn't always that fun. i am adjusting, but it takes a bit of time.

3) only two more weeks until i start school. i WANT to start school again, but i am pretty nervous about it all. this is the serious stuff.

4) commute: i am tired of driving to SLC. only 6 more weeks until i am done at my job, but those 6 weeks are going to be very stressful.

so that is what i was thinking about. i felt much better about all of this after the ride. sucked it up and moved on. then i devised a "6 week plan" since there are only 6 weeks left until TOU (!). i think it will work out great, but only if i can stay healthy and get rid of the naggers.

this is the set up: (suggestions appreciated)

M - EZ - 10-12

T- BW - 16

W - EZ - 6 recovery (this is the bad day - logan to SLC by 7 AM)

Th - EZ - 8-10  (sometimes a tempo run depending on the week)

F - Long - 20 (7-10 @ GMP)

S - EZ or RACE 

MPW: 60-70-65-60-55-TAPER 

 basically the same as what i have been doing this summer, with a few tweaks so as to accommodate my work and school schedule. BWs and long runs are the keys. i have to figure out this 6:20 pace stuff. i may not get it down in 6 weeks, but it's a start...

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From josse on Sun, Aug 09, 2009 at 18:17:14 from

I feel for you, at least with #1. Sorry to hear, I think you are just burnt out:( Good thing is it will come back in time:) Just not when we want it to, hang in there and just don't focus on running right know. Good luck with school, what are you going back for?

From Maurine/Tarzan on Sun, Aug 09, 2009 at 18:17:57 from

Wow - it sounds like you are dealing with a whole bunch of stress right now. I hope that the new training plan works for you and you can get your goals and training where you want it to be for TOU.

From RivertonPaul on Sun, Aug 09, 2009 at 21:06:05 from

There is a big difference between running marathons and racing marathons, like you do. You need more time to recover after racing, and you have tons going on. Your plan looks doable. Good luck.

From RAD on Sun, Aug 09, 2009 at 22:12:17 from

I'm with Paul. The plan looks good! Give yourself some time and it will come back stronger. Good luck with your hectic schedule, I honestly envy your ability to go back to school...but not the stress!

From Steve Piccolo on Sun, Aug 09, 2009 at 23:53:22 from

I'm no expert or anything and haven't followed your blog very long. But I would say don't feel guilty about taking it easy. Extra rest and fewer miles might actually help you. There's a story about Joan Benoit-Samuelson, who won the first women's Olympic marathon in 1984. I think it was before the trials that she was laid up with an injury/surgery. She ran one of her best races. She felt like the rest may have helped her more than it hurt her and that she may not have qualified if it hadn't happened (though of course she did a lot of hard work beforehand). Anyway, I'm just saying that running fewer miles even than you are planning probably wouldn't hurt your performance and could even help it since you have already run three marathons and many other races this year. Just my two cents.

From Nan Kennard on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 00:02:50 from

I agree with Steve...sometimes rest and a little cross training is just what your body needs to strike hard. I saw some of my BYU teammates do that same thing Joan Benoit-Samuelson did. Just weeks before Nationals. And did you see the movie "The Spirit of the Marathon?" Same thing with Deena Kastor. Get your body recovered from Des News and don't feel bad about less mileage. If I were you I would probably drop down into the 45-50 range and maybe add in some swimming, biking, or aqua jogging a couple of times a week instead of trying to hit 60-70. Your in SUPER GREAT shape right now and if you can just get rid of the little aches and pains you will race TOU awesomely. Good luck!

From Nan Kennard on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 00:32:21 from

One more thing...SLEEP as much as you can!!!

From allie on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 11:04:36 from

thanks for your input and suggestions. very helpful and much appreciated. i think i will follow this plan as much as possible, and determine total weekly mileage based on how i feel in the given week. but i won't push anything; that just brings (knee) trouble :)

josse - going back to school for my MBA. it's only a 10-month program, so very fast-paced and probably over my head --- hence the nerves!

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