Posted: 17/04/2014 at 00:28
Dr. Dan, I'm not sure what to say about your race result. As you point out, the miles were in the bank and the paces were spot on for a sub 3:30 (I think sub 3:25). Chick makes a good point about running without the HR monitor (e.g. is the mind so fragile that seeing high numbers leads to a mental letdown that can't be overcome on race day?) but agree that in likelihood, you would have hit the wall earlier if you had pushed more. Did the other P&D folks run watching their HR? Did most of them pay attention to HR during training? Just curious. I also think Nayan has a valid point that we train for 4 months (really more than that) for a 1 day performance. Could just be the day in some cases.
Tek, you run super high mileage schedules. And you seem durable through all the miles and tempos, etc. Do you feel that you stay fresh under those demanding conditions week in and week out? I've followed your training for a while now and sometimes I wonder if you perhaps do too much and you body can't truly absorb all the training? I ask as in this marathon buildup, I've had several periods where I'm simply run down and feel like I have lost fitness (only to see if roaring back after taking things down a few notches for a week or so). So hard to know the proper balance.
Today I ran a subLT (Chick, we had an ice storm last night but it melted away by days end). Sunday I felt my HR was high due to the heat, but perhaps due to not being fully recovered. Today my HR was a bit high, but only by a few beats (and it was cold out). I ran 12 w/10 at subLT. 1st 5 miles into wind and slightly uphill and last 5 back over same ground. Overall ran 7:06 m/m and felt reasonably good. Was definitely tired at the end. I'm finding that when I run a 20-22M run, it takes a while to get full energy back for a hard run like this. My calf got a little tight near the end, but after icing it all seems OK. Hate living run to run like this...