October has felt a bit like a roller coaster. The weather has been cold and hot and every where in between. That could pretty much describe my running as well.
I kicked off the month with a long run with a “meh” half marathon in the middle. The distance and pace were fine, but the course surface left me with achy hips and general muscle soreness. I’m giving this run a Pass as it served its purpose.
As soon as I finished that run, I overembraced the taper. Yeah, I dropped mileage faster than a politician changes their opinion. I was just OVER the Hansons Marathon Method. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great plan. It’s just a lot of miles and my body was ready to recover. I did get in 2 “long runs” of 10 and 8 miles as well as a handful of shorter faster runs, but I really dialed it back faster than the training plan called for. I still haven’t decided if the hurt me or helped me, so I’m going to give my taper a Pass, but if I were talking grades that would be around a C or C+. Good thing October is a pass/fail month.
The highlight of my month happened on Sunday with my 4th running of the Marine Corps Marathon. I’m not thrilled with my time, but I’m happy it was sub-5 hours. I made some mistakes and the weather did not leave a margin of error, so it was a lot rougher than I’d hoped (in addition to being slower.) But I finished, I got a medal from a cute Marine, and I can walk today. All of these are good things. So, my running at the Marine Corps Marathon is definitely a Pass.
I think I’m feeling a bit of post-marathon blues today. I need to give my body an easy week or two of running and then start figuring out my next goal. Thankfully I actually feel really good and have a massage booked for Wednesday, so things should be looking up soon for November (where I have a relay race that ends at a brewery and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon…)
How was your October?