How is everyone doing? I hope the nice weather is treating everyone well. I took a considerable amount of time off since I ran Boston. I was really mentally drained after running Boston despite my good race. Running and focusing on a target event really takes time and effort.
Mentally I needed the rest because all I was thinking about was the race. and for the last two weeks it got really bad. I was having dreams about not completing the race and burning out at sixteen miles. Once the race was over I allowed it to all soak in just relax. I allowed my body to heal and I ate whatever I wanted to during that month off.
I ate lots of pizza and everything I did not eat when I was training. I was kind of fun to sit there on the couch and put away a pint of Ben and Jerry’s without thinking about how it was going to slow me down the next day. LOL! I ate an entire pizza and had some soda to wash it down many evenings.
I started getting back into spending time with friends. My running buddies were like we have not seen you in so long. It has been very nice running some easy runs with them. It seems as though I have inspired four of my friends to run fall marathons this year which is awesome.
I really think two of them will go under three hours this fall. My one friend is really just gifted and think he can do around 2:50 based on his ten mile time. Again, running a marathon is a different animal. You can train and put in the time but come race day anything can happen.
Last week I ran for the first time with the group at the running store. We did some speed work. It was kind of a difficult workout for my first real run back but it was alright. I got right back into it. I ran Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of last week. I ran about 23 miles all together last week. I took Monday off and did a tempo run with Greg and Mike.
I held a 6:30 pace for 3.14 miles. Greg was ahead of me and Mike was like five seconds behind me. It was really hot but I was pretty impressed because it was the first time that I was able to do a 6:30 pace for tempo. It is going to be an interesting summer. I have never really trained with anyone.
We are going to have four solid guys training for a marathon. We are going to do tempo on Tuesday, Speed on Thursday, Long Run on Sunday and on Saturday easy run. M, W, F will be easy days with one mixed effort on one of those days. It is going to be a great motivational tool for me. I can’t wait to train with these guys. I know I am going to get faster running with faster guys.
Well take care and have a great day everyone.