Like most everyone else I got my final NOLA RnR marathon confirmation last night and I’m Bib number 2032, assigned to corral 2. Being near the front is going to be nice since this is a Rock N’ Roll event with their long and drawn-out wave start process. I understand why they do it, but it ultimately leads to the start taking over an hour for the later corrals.
Even though I’ve been dealing with a stomach bug since yesterday, I was able to get in my scheduled track workout tonight with the Jim Spivey Running Club (JSRC). I ran pretty conservative, and kept my pace consistent even though I felt crummy. Hated that I felt bad for one of my favoriate workouts (3 sets of 3 x 400m intervals), but am glad to have been able to get in the work.
Also, even though I don’t feel like eating, I have been able to get in a full day’s worth of calories. That was actually my biggest concern with the stomach bug. Need to make sure that I keep my nutrition and strength up all the way to NOLA.
Yesterday morning was supposed to be a 4-mile recovery run in my Saucony Hattoris with Paxton. When I was getting ready it started lightening, and I decided to postpone the run until after work. About mid afternoon I started feeling bad, and realized pretty soon that I was coming down with another stomach bug. I spent the rest of the day laying down on the couch.
So, yesterday turned into an unplanned day off from running. Not too big of a deal since I’m tapering for NOLA anyway, but my biggest concern is whether or not I can keep my nutrition up since I don’t really feel like eating anything.
Still feeling rough today, but think I’m gonna give track a shot tonight and see what happens. Wish me luck!
Thanks so much for the encouragement! I really appreciate it!
Can’t wait to see you hit 3:15. 1:32 on a tough course sounds like you’re right on track. Do it!!!!! Exciting!!
Can’t wait to read how you get on. 3:15 surely has to be in the bag this time? 🙂
Even though my taper for the NOLA Marathon officially started Saturday after my final 20+ mile training run, it is hard for me to FEEL like I’m tapering until after my final 10+ mile tempo run before the marathon. This is almost always completed on the next to last Tuesday prior to race day (i.e. Today).
This morning Nathan and I did just under 10.5 miles in Edwin Warner Park, on the Harpeth River Greenway and through the streets of Bellevue. Normally I want these final 10+ mile tempo efforts to be completed at race pace, but going into today I didn’t think that was feasible or smart. In the last 10 days I’ve finished a 1:32 half marathon on a tough course, run my fastest track workout since last summer, and completed a 20+ mile training run.
With that in mind I told Nathan that I was shooting for a moderate 8:00min pace. Well, this lasted for 3 miles before we completed miles 5 and 6 at 7:45 pace, and the remaining miles in the 7:30s. While this is still not quite goal race pace, it was still faster than I had planned. However, my legs also felt much better than I expected.
Now that this run is over, the mileage on my remaining runs before the race will all be significantly reduced, and it will actually feel like a taper. I should land at about 40 total miles this week, and then 15 next week prior to race day. Gotta make myself get plenty of rest and plenty of fuel to ensure I’m properly recovered from the intense training on race day. Getting excited and nervous!!
Today I finished my final 20-miler before the Rock N’ Roll New Orleans Marathon (NOLA), and felt fantastic. Having come off of a hard effort at the Cedars Frostbite Half Marathon last weekend and another 50+ mile week this week, I wasn’t sure how I would feel this morning. While I could definitely feel some fatigue in my legs, the run was smooth and a consistent 8:15 pace throughout. It was fun to run with the Nashville Striders for the first 15 miles. Also great to run with Marc and Jenny for 8 of those miles.
I thought about going farther than 20 since I still had gas in the tank, but Sean from our group talked me out of it. He said that with only two weeks to go before NOLA there was nothing to be gained from going farther than 20 miles but the possibility of injury. This made a lot of sense.
Anyway, it was encouraging to have a great 20 miler after the awful 20-miler two weeks ago when I was coming off a stomach virus. Now I start my two-week taper leading up to NOLA. This will only be the second time that I’ve done a two-week taper leading up to a full marathon. The other time was before the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville last December when I set my current PR. Before that I always did a three-week taper.
I’m not looking forward to having all of that nervous energy that comes with tapering, but I am going to take advantage of the opportunity to get some extra rest before NOLA.
This morning I went out for a leisurely 6-mile recovery run on a couple of different cross-country fields in Percy and Edwin Warner Parks. As I was rounding a clump of trees about midway through the run I noticed a man standing about 100m away coiling up what looked like a rope. I then noticed a medium sized dog right in front of him and realized it was a leash.
As soon as the dog saw me, he took off toward me in a full sprint. He left the ground a few feet in front of me and hit just at the top of my quads. Thankfully this did not knock me down (or hurt me), but the dog continued to jump up and claw at me frantically. Needless to say this scared the daylight out of me, but my fear quickly turned to anger when the owner came over trying to calm him down.
Instead of trying get control of his dog, he started fussing at me!
“If you stop moving around so much he’ll calm down”
Ummm…running generally requires “moving around”
“We never see runners out in the morning”
Really? On a cross-country course? Never see runners?
Anyway, he finally came over retrieved his dog. I simply said “thank you” and continued my run. Other than being really dirty and having a few scratches, I came out unscathed. It amazes me that the guy never apologized, but I guess that really shouldn’t surprise me these days.
Oh well…got in the run anyway and generally felt good after the hard effort on Saturday.
Tomorrow I’m registered to run the Cedar’s Frostbite Half Marathon in my hometown of Lebanon, TN. Probably not going to race at full half-marathon speed as the intention is for this to be a tune-up for the Rock n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon in three weeks. My goal marathon pace for NOLA is 7:26, but I’m thinking about trying to run tomorrow with a 7:16 average pace. This would be my BQ pace for a full marathon (which is my goal for the year), and I want to get used to how that feels. I also would love to make 7:26 feel even that much slower when it comes to race day in NOLA.
It looks like the name of tomorrow’s race is going to be appropriate since the predicted “feels like” temperature for the start is a whopping 14 Degrees!!! Of all the races I’ve done, this is going to be the coldest and most likely the first one where I will wear tights. Gonna be interesting!
After getting derailed from my planned 60-mile week by a stomach bug, I was able to get back on the horse on Saturday morning with our group. My plan called for a 22-miler, but I was very luck to get in 20 in what was one of the most difficult training runs I’ve ever completed.
Our group had a 19-miler planned using an out-and-back route that covered a lot of great places in Nashville. We started out in the Belmont University area, ran through downtown, crossed the river into east Nashville, and finished the outward half in Shelby Park and the Shelby Bottoms Greenway. The temperatures were great, but it started raining pretty steady about 7 or 8 miles into the run. Since I had not eaten much at all on Thursday or Friday, I started running out of fuel around mile 14, and then completely ran out during mile 17. It was like hitting the wall in a marathon. On top of this I was still dealing with nausea and stomach cramps that popped back up on the inward half. I don’t ever remember feeling that bad during a training run.
One of my favorite things about running with our group on Saturday is having breakfast with everyone after the run. However, on Saturday I felt so bad at the end that I just changed my shirt, wrapped a towel around me, and drove straight home. I’m glad that I got the miles in, but it was not a pleasant experience. Even with missing my Thursday and Friday runs, I still got in 45 miles for the week.
After taking Sunday off, Paxton and I hit the sloppy trails this morning in Percy Warner Park. Though the trails were nasty from all of the rain this weekend, the temps were perfect, the conversation was engaging, and the run was one of the more enjoyable ones I’ve experienced recently. Nice change from the difficult effort on Saturday.
Well….two days ago I posted that if I made all of my planned runs I would complete a 60-mile week. The very next morning I came down with a nasty stomach bug and haven’t run since. I’m really hoping to feel better by tomorrow so I can get in my planned 22-miler, but as of now that is very much in question.