Remember when I ran 5 half marathons in 5 days?
Remember how hard I trained for months?
Well, here’s a news flash:
No matter how trained you were 7 months ago, if you stop running that kind of mileage, you WILL lose endurance.
In 8 days, I am running the Richmond Half Marathon. I am only about 10% undertrained for that, so I’m not too worried about that day. But remember my brilliant idea? In order to hit 13 half marathons in 2013, I decided to run back to back halves.
My thought at the time was, I’ve done 5, how bad can 2 be?
I wish someone had slapped me. Ahem.
So, I ran 10 pretty decent miles on Wednesday. My foot handled it pretty well, but was a touch sore at the end. In fact, the first 8 miles were actually some of the strongest training miles in a while. (The last two were a good lesson on mental strength.)
Then I ran 5.5 slow, uncomfortable miles yesterday. My quads were pissed off! I cut off the last .5 because I just didn’t have it in me to run the big hill. On the bright side, despite feeling sore at the beginning, my foot did fine.
8 days. Even though a part of me wants to cram in one more back to back long run, I think it’s time to accept where I am and just realize that the second day will be slow and uncomfortable.
Perhaps I should start thinking about my training for Riverboat…
Have you run a long race undertrained? How’d that go for you? Any tips on surviving? (Bearing in mind, I won’t be hopping in an ice bath after race #1, but rather jumping in my car for a two hour drive home…)