I am officially entered in the Las Vegas Marathon..
am) 6 miles very easy jogging. My calves feel good and I only have a slight sensation in my quads. IT bands feel tight but nothing uncomfortable.
N) 4 miles on the AMT trainer. Then 20:00 of core lifts with super easy leg work with recovery focus. Dry sauna for 30:00 with massage.
Brett asked for a race report, I don't like long race reports... it's generally not that interesting to me. But a quick one is doable. I started with my first mile in 5:53 and kept it ridiculously easy. I was in maybe 30th place after the first mile? At one point I saw a sign that directed the half marathon runners to the left and the marathon runners to the right... everyone went left but me. I looked back and saw no one. I led until about mile 14? I can't really remember. All I do remember is my calf getting tight, then my quads start to get sore then my IT bands start to malfunction. At about mile 16 or 17 I was still in 3rd by only ~20" but my IT bands were quickly failing. The pace felt simple and I was comfortable energy and effort wise. At mile 20 my right foot started to burn, not like a blister but rather like what I would imagine a broken bone would feel. I started to curl my toes under in order to prevent the ball of my foot from hitting the ground but that was only a very mild relief. Then for the next several miles I would stop when the burn would turn to sharp stabbing.. then I would start once it eased. I remember stopping 4 times for sure. The last couple miles it sort of just went numb but I was still limping. I passed a few guys in the last mile that had passed me before. My energy was high, legs felt somewhat fresh outside of the muscle damage... only little fatigue. There you go.. I felt good on my run this morning which says more.
KC was an experiment and a training race- I have to keep that in perspective and not ask "what if". I learned where I have weaknesses and can learn from it.
The Denver Marathon was yesterday. An elite American James McGowan placed 5th in 2:34 in ideal weather conditions. He's a sub 2:22 guy and ran the trials last year. I ran that course in miserable conditions in 2:30 after giving up. My point? It's certainly not to put down Mr. McGowan... if I didn't think he was a stud I wouldn't be using him as an example! Rather it's to put my own running in perspective. Of course it's silly to compare- but there is relevance here- even if it's just in regards to my own confidence. I'm a head case.. I know this. My brain is holding me back. At least knowing this I can maybe figure out how to change my mentality. I was negative going in to KC, was ok for much of the race, and am now doing very good. It's a process.