Monday, March 10, 2008

Week Training Log: 3/3 - 3/9

Peak training is officially in the books. Somehow I've made it through 1000+ miles since December without ANY injuries and without missing ANY scheduled workouts. This is about the luckiest streak I've ever had while training for a race. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go find a huge piece of wood to knock on...

This weekend's 25-25-25 miler line-up kicked off a little differently than I had planned on Friday night. After work I ran into my friend Dr. Wade on the street. We had this conversation:

Me: "What are you guys doing tonight?"
Dr. W: "Heading to Old Town for some drinks, you want to come?"
Me: "Nah, I have to run 25 tonight"
Dr. W: (looking up toward the cold rain falling down as we spoke) "In this?"
Me: "Yeah, there's no way I could run 25 miles on a treadmill...."

...and with those last words, I knew I had sealed my fate for the evening. Basically, once I have a thought that I can't do something in the realm of running, my brain immediately makes it its sole mission to taunt and tease me until I get off my butt and accomplish whatever stupid goal I said I couldn't accomplish. Sadly for me on this particular Friday night, I cursed myself by saying I couldn't run 25 miles on a treadmill. So stupid, stupid. Once I realized I had no option but to spend my evening on the hamster wheel, I thought about it a little longer and realized it would actually be a great mental training exercise to suffer through 25 miles of boredom on the 'mill. So much of running a 100 miler is mental, and this would clearly.....ahhh who am I kidding: It sucked. Plain and simple. Let us never speak of it again.

The rest of the weekend went well (outside, thankfully), and my second consecutive 96+ mile peak week is now in the rear view mirror. Last night I realized that adding the miles from these two weeks together makes 192 in total. That has to be a good sign, right?

Week Training Log:
Monday - Off Day
Tuesday - 8.5 miles - Hains Point Loop
Wednesday - 4.3 miles - Treadmill Death March
Thursday - 8.5 miles - Hains Point Loop
Friday - 25 miles - Treadmill Run (do not try this at home)
Saturday - 25 miles - Mt. Vernon Trail
Sunday - 25 miles - Mt. Vernon Trail
WEEK TOTAL - 96.3 miles

Let the Taper begin!!


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I helped curse you to Hell on a Belt! I can't believe you actually did 25 on the Mill... I guess my fist-shaking at the rain in your honor was useless. SJ and I had a beer in your honor though.

Dan Rose said...

I'm sure there will be a moment at mile 79 or something where those 3+ hours on the 'mill will come back and help me somehow. You learn all kinds of creative ways of trying to distract yourself when running in place for that long. For example, it took me a good 45 minutes to name the entire 25 man roster for the '86 Red Sox. Took me forever to get Sammy Stuart. It's always a random bullpen guy like that I forget....

Stanley said...

you were like a buff hamster on a wheel:

"He really like running"

"Yeah he's in pretty good shape"

"Can I touch him"

"I wouldn't"

Staci said...

I watch Martha Stewart on the tready. Next time memorize the recipe for duck meatballs like I did today. You're amazing Danny boy.