Hey All! Hope everyone had a nice long holiday weekend. Sorry for the long lay-off between posts but yours truly was busy fighting off the nasty boogers that have been clogging up my breathing tubes for the past couple of weeks. Remember the endless bouts of coughing and chest pain I complained about a week and a half ago? It turns out I was indeed infected with atypical pneumonia (a colleague of mine made the clinical diagnosis). To be honest, the best part of being diagnosed was finding out that being so out of breath after a 5 mile warmup run that you couldn’t keep up with the last person in your running group really wasn’t a reflection of my overall endurance or laziness. There’s really a bug in me. Thank goodness. At least now, I can climb back out of the hole I crawled into after that fiasco!
Well, A Z-pack and five days later, I’m glad to report that it seems like the nasty boogers are finally gone. Yay! And just in time too, as I’m nearing the end of my marathon training buildup. The coming week will be my last high mileage week before the taper officially begins. I’m so psyched that this whole training madness is coming to a close because physically I believe I’m close to my breaking point. I think I might have been a bit too enthusiastic when I designed my SFM08 marathon training schedule way back when. Comparing this year’s 16 week training cycle to last year’s, I’ve been running at a faster average pace, logging about 90 more miles, and running more shorter distance road races. Moreover, whereas I only did one 18-miler and two 20-milers in preparation for NYCM last year (where I BQ’d no less), this year I’ve already done one 18-miler and three 20-milers with one more scheduled for next weekend. All this training is beginning to take a psychological toll, as all these extra miles are beginning to make running more of a chore than a source of fun or relaxation. Every muscle fiber in my legs is flashing red angry “Overtraining! Overtraining” lights at me right now, but I don’t think I can stop. All I can see is one more week…I can hold out for one more week, can’t I?
Just curious, but how do you all deal with the training vs overtraining mentality? Is it okay to overtrain when you know you’ve got only one or two week to go before the taper? I’m trying not to freak out too much about this, but it seems like I always end up in this situation when I’m about a month out from my target marathon, irrespective of how the training is actually going. Let me hear your thoughts. Ciao, for now!