am) 6 miles. I met up with Benji Durden this morning and went for a nice jog. It's always cool to run with someone like Benji.. pretty much a legend. Although I think he would laugh at that! It was fun and good to hear his thoughts. Hopefully it will become a weekly thing.
I just walked back in my door after starting a 13 mile run. I made it a few hundred feet down my trail and stopped.. turned and walked back. I had every intention of running 140 miles this week and I feel quite good. Something stuck in my head from my run with Benji this morning that I couldn't shake. I said I was going to run 140 miles this week and then taper next week. He commented that he always tapered for just 2 weeks.... be he was only running 90 miles. Hmmmm. He was only running 90 miles... and 2:09 marathons.
I see what I NEED to be doing right now which is getting rested and focusing solely on key workouts. This is why I stopped my run this evening. What I WANT to do is run 20 miles a day. Need VS want.
Along with this WANT to train hard comes the WANT (ok, I'll stop shouting) to run well in Austin 23 days from now. I look back at all of my years of racing Ironman on tired legs and I truly do regret it.. I can't do that with the marathon. Although I feel I could get 140 miles this week is it really going to help me at Austin? No. I plan on racing a 4 mile cross country race this Saturday and then running a very specific long run on Sunday (I have a course that mimics Austin's very closely) and I want those 2 days to be good. There should be some bad-asses at the XC race which I'm excited to watch, albeit from the back.
My obsessive compulsion to push myself needs to be tempered right now.. pent up, stuffed deep down in my gut.. then let out on Feb 17th..