Oh Boy… This Isn’t How this Was Planned.

So, here we are, six weeks out of the Cleveland Marathon Challenge Series. 31 miles in two days. And I just misssed 10 days of training smack dab in the middle of it all.
Let’s go back to before these 10 days off. It was about three weeks ago, I was run commuting home from work, and couldn’t believe how good I felt. I was close to my record on this route, which was set before a PR at Columbus a year and a half ago, and had a renewed confidence in my training and physical condition. I really felt I was closing in on that shape that I had for Columbus when I set my current PR, and this was for a spring marathon. I typically don’t believe I’m in my best shape in the spring, rather I gain that over the summer months and in to the fall. The thoughts of what this year could hold were running through my head, and excitement was brewing. Then came the Thursday of that week. I decided to take an extra day off of running so that I could lay new flooring in our living room and hallways. I counted it as strength training. It was the most grueling home improvement project I have tackled, and the next day I felt like I got hit by a truck. I even joked with co-workers that I felt like I had the flu. The body aches were intense, but I thought I was ok. Then came some chills. Then a headache. Then I got home and decided to take my temperature. Sure enough. FLU!
I just had that run that really got me moving and excited, now this! Great! I spent the next 48 hours in bed, just hoping to recover. I can’t lie, I just plain didn’t have the energy to run for the next few days. I tried, I really did, but I just couldn’t get moving. But over the next few days, it seemed like when I had energy, I had something to do around the house. There was more painting, more flooring to lay down in the bedroom. More everything. It has been a never ending cycle of shit to do, and it’s driving me crazy. Last week I managed to do a little better getting out and running, but still not like I should.
So what does this mean for Cleveland and the rest of training? Who really knows?
​I know I am not going to be setting any records, and likely no PRs, but maybe, just maybe, I can turn the tide towards the fall. So I’m kind of viewing Cleveland as a training run for the fall. Get me moving towards the summer, get some fire and habits going.
I have decided on two things. First, I want to make sure I get as much mileage in as I can, without overdoing it on long runs. I can’t go from 12 miles to 20 in the span of two weeks, and expect to not get hurt, or maximize the potential. So this time around I’ll probably top out at 16-18 miles. Usually I focus on more speed and recovery miles during the week, keeping my mileage a little lower than some, but I’m going to try and get the mileage up throughout the week. Following closer to the Hanson’s method.
Secondly, I am turning my focus to simply finishing the Full Challenge Series in May. I had thoughts of dropping down to the half, but emotionally, I can’t do that. My original goal was to defend my age group crown in the 8k, then guarantee entry to Chicago 2018 with a sub 3:15 (which would also be a 2:18+ PR). I’m still hoping for that, but I won’t be devastated if it doesn’t happen. I am going to focus on racing the 8k well, but not worry too much about the time for the full the next day. Just enjoy the experience of my favorite race (you should definitely join me).
That’s pretty much it for now… I’ll be back soon, got some other things to write about soon.
Have you ever gone through cycles like this? How did you handle it, and what your race results like?


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