1) I need to train more long, I didn't respect the distance well enough! I do respect the distance but I didn't. As I said in my last post, my long runs are on Sunday. I work every 3rd Sunday, 12 hour shifts, and then a Holiday or two fell on Sundays as well. That in itself is not a problem. The problem is that I didn't make up for it. I would just chalk it as a loss and figure the next week will be enough.
So here are my long runs this year:
1/25 - 10 miles 9:57 pace
2/22 - 13 miles 9:31 pace
3/1 - 10 miles, suppose to be 15 but I had a full day of downhill skiing with my son. Cross training. 9:09 pace
3/15 - 15.8 miles 9:18 pace
3/22 - 15 miles 9:18 pace
4/5 - 18 miles 9:42 pace
4/26 - 20 miles 9:27 pace
5/3 - 16 miles 9:18 pace. Suppose to be 22 miles!
And that is it!
2) My blood pressure is slowly getting better! 144/84 this morning, 145/86 yesterday! I'll keep you updated about this. The reality is that there is a certain level of caffeine that has a real negative effect on my blood pressure, and it appears to be cumulative. I can have a coke today, as long as I don't have 2 of them everyday. I am not sure why but this seems to have been "proven" by me a couple of times at which I ignore later thinking that it's stupid to think it's the caffeine. But I can't argue with my blood pressure.
I will still see my doctor about this but obviously it is not as urgent as if the bp had remained really high like the 170/110 I had one day last week.
One thing for sure, high bp like this could very well have had an effect on my training and may have been why I thought I was over-trained a few weeks ago.
Look at my paces above. These were long runs without a taper. You can see why I thought I could do a marathon at a better than a 4 hour pace!
3) My nutrition didn't feel too bad. They didn't have a free gel pack @ mile 18 like at TC so I should have prepared a little better. On this day I accepted oranges from people along the course. I forget what miles they were at but when I ate them they felt like they completely revived me. I just may have to bring my own orange slices on future marathons and training runs.
bib number: 275
location: Roseville, MN
overall place: 295 out of 453
division place: 47 out of 68
gender place: 222 out of 314
10 k: 55:39
20 m: 3:11:22
last 10k: 1:17:00
gun time : 4:29:12
No family out at this one so pictures are few. I don't mind. Do not think I'm putting myself down but I am just not photogenic. I am shocked when there is a photo of me that looks good.
Me and the highly loved IronJenny. I wonder if I always slouch or is it just for pics?
IronJenny, I and Dan whom IronJenny ran the marathon with!
Unless they are pics after mile 20! ;-)