Swimming. Down and back 66 times in about 36:30. Will swim some more tonight and lift.
I'm done blogging for this week because I won't be running again until the marathon on Saturday. It just gets me frustrated to record no running miles. I will swim and lift the rest of this week and hopefully my achilles will be fine for the marathon.
Not sure what the marathon has in store for me. I'm pretty sure I would have come close to my BQ mark had I not started having the problems with my leg. Obviously the miles have dropped a lot over the last few weeks. We'll see how it goes.
From everything I've read, I should keep running even though the achilles has given me problems. I felt pretty good on this run. Went south from Willow Park. It was pancake flat. I'm making a more concerted effort to ice and stretch.
Ogden Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:13:40, Place overall: 78, Place in age division: 8
First off, a great race and a little over a 22 minute PR.After the SLC marathon last month I thought I
had it in me to hit my BQ mark of 3:10:59, but over the last 3 weeks I’ve
struggled with my training due to a sore right achilles.Only put in about 20 miles last week and
about 30 the week before, so I was not very hopeful for a good result today.
I felt great for pretty much the whole race.I used the course tool on the blog and was
going to try and hit the following splits based on the tool:
I was right on target (and a little ahead) for each of the
above splits and seeing this just helped me feel more confident as the race
went on.I felt especially good from
about miles 15 to 20, and then I started to struggle, but I was still able to
hold a descent pace.The downhill in the
canyon helped, but I think I overestimated how much it would really help me. I
realized I was going to have a hard time hitting the BQ mark at about mile
24.I was struggling both physically and
mentally.Here are the splits:
Right on target
Pit Stop. Ahead of pace
Almost 2 min ahead
About 35 sec ahead
About 3 sec behind & fading
Still fading, walked a bit
Overall, I couldn’t be happier considering how little I have
trained over the last 3 weeks.I was
able to push through some pain and this race really gives me a lot of
confidence that I’ll be able to drop my time even more as I go throughout the