Running was on my mind a great deal this weekend. In some ways it’s good because I really need to refocus and rededicate myself to training again after the short hiatus I took on my San Fran trip and my subsequent illness. In other ways it’s not because it’s real easy to overthink things, make unnecessary changes and assume the doomsday scenario just because of a few recent bad runs. With this in mind, allow me to share a few thoughts I’ve had this weekend…
It’s been more than 48 hours since Saturday’s almost disastrous 5 mile race. All I’ve been able to think about is how close I came to collapsing on the ground and passing out in the last half mile. I’m somewhat embarrassed that me, a seasoned road racer and a medical professional, could ignore all the warning signs of heat stroke and jeopardize my health like that. It goes to show the powerful influence the runner’s brain can have over a person, especially during a race. But now that I’ve had a chance to think about it, I realize that there are some simple rules I can follow to prevent this predicament from ever happening again: 1. Always hydrate well before the race. On especially hot days, bring some along with you for the course. 2. Pay attention to my heart rate monitor to make sure I am not above my target zone in the first few miles. 3. Recognize when I’m coming up on my anaerobic ‘wall’ and prepare to negotiate. 4. Be extra weary of summer road races. (In my case, I’m voting to skip all races held in temps above 80 degrees at the start).
The best part of yesterday’s race was afterwards when I met and struck up an interesting conversation with a new teammate. As we walked home, we commiserated with each other on the brutal course conditions. He also shared some valuable information with me on the San Francisco Marathon Course while I recounted for him my fantastic run over the
Looking over my schedule, I suddenly realize that the following two weeks will mark the peak of marathon training. What that means is that I’m going to be running the highest mileage at the fastest pace during the next two weeks. There are two 20-milers scheduled on back-to-back weeks with some track sessions in between to break up the monotony. Since I’ve resigned to the fact that I inevitably turn into a puddle of water whenever I try to run in the sun, for at least the next two weeks, I’ve made the executive decision to switch my training to the early morning. Waking at 4 and will have to be the norm now instead of the exception. I’ll have to juggle a few things around in terms of work, but at least this way, I won’t have to worry about fitting in my workout for the rest of the day.
It’s been a long time coming, but yesterday, I finally did something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Explore the dirt trails and bridges of
Finally, have any of you been following the Olympic Trials going on right now in