Training Time (5/14-5/21)

In this section each week, I will provide updates on my training for the Boston Marathon qualifying race. If you are looking for tips on heart-rate zones or the physiology of running, you may want to look elsewhere. If you want some content on chafing prevention and pre-race Pop Tarts, you’ve found your place!

All paths are not made equal.

Nowhere close.

With the decision to run a mountain marathon in July, this week began my trail workouts. After running primarily on greenway paved paths for the past few months, my confidence was running high into Saturday’s run at Umstead Park.

It was even running high after the first trail loop (about 5 miles). “This isn’t so bad,” I thought. “A nice long jog through the park.”

That confidence quickly faded. After 5 miles, the roots, rocks, sticks, dirt….oh yeah and the hills…began to take a toll. The heat didn’t help matters either and made for a miserable last 3-4 miles of walk/run/curse.

In the end, the 17-mile jaunt took over an hour longer than last Saturday’s 16-mile run, a relative stroll through paradise.

Despite the hardships…I made it. It took much longer than expected and was much harder than expected, but it wasn’t enough to stop this fat guy.

This served as a slap-in-the-face reminder that mountains are tall and running up them….can suck really bad.

Will definitely need to adjust training runs to get in more hills. The benefits? Firm calves and strong quads. The perfect recipe to generate speed back on the road in the fall for a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Training Recap (5/14-5/21)
# of Runs – 5
Total Miles – 40.5
Long Run – 17 miles
Strength Workouts – 2

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