am) 13 miles.
pm) 11 miles. I had to run back and pick up my wife's car. I experimented a little with my diet today- as I often do. I ate 3 scrambled eggs after my morning run. An apple for lunch (ya- I know) and then 40g of soy protein (powder in water) before the evening run. My energy levels were steady and high for all of the second run which was 11.3 miles (Mapmyrun.com measured) in 1:14:21 (with all the stop lights and intersections again). 6:32 pace and it felt very easy. I wanted mostly to see how the soy protein was going to work and make me feel. I am considering trying to make that my breakfast before the marathon. We'll see.
This morning's run turned in to a heated (as mine always are) debate with Bob in regards to mental strength in races. Bob has a ton of experience (40+ marathons) where I do not. My point was that I need time to develop my mental strength and my goals are 3 years from now. Bob was saying that each and every race I run needs to be with the thought in mind that "there are no other races, there are no past workouts". I need to treat each race like it is my last and not limit my race based on my training performances. In a round about way I eventually got his point. Coinciding with the discussion, I am half way through Matt Fitzgerald's book "Brain training for Runners". I am eager to learn as much as I can about running- both from the physical and the mental side. Bob also thinks that I put too much thought in to the physical process. I disagree with that simply because the foundation that will allow my body to perform and to hold up over the next several years is my physical structure. I admit completely that I am weak mentally and my body will never perform to its potential with out the mental capacity to exploit it's strength and fitness. The mental side of sport, I believe, is far more difficult to master than the objectively based training, ie: track workouts, long runs at X pace, tempo runs at X pace and X HR... These are simple numbers based workouts. Part of our development as runners is based on what we see in training and it has to play a critical role in the development of strong mental capacity. If you have never run a 6:00 mile in training- then you wouldn't start a marathon at 6:00 pace!
Fitzgerald's book brings a whole other thought process to running- which I love. I'm a thinker, and the book is based on thinking. Not necessarily thinking about numbers but thinking about what you're actually feeling and how your brain works, basically, at the time you start to suffer. I have a strong innate sense of survival- this is partly why I never get injured. This same sense of survival is what holds me back in races and training. I don't think I have neared my potential in training volume or intensity. My brain holds me back from ever truly pushing the training envelope. In races I ease up when I near that 'wall'. Anyone who has ever seen me the day after an Ironman can attest to how hard I actually went in the race. The day after Kona in 2000 (where I ran 2:55) I was playing frisbee on the beach and body surfing. That's a frustrating thing. Peter Reid said he always had this dream (goal) of completely collapsing and passing out at the finish line unable to even stand. That's now my dream.