Saturday, November 1, 2008

One Hundred Twenty Miles... And If The Cold Didn't Kill Me, It Made Me Stronger

Marathon Plan - Regressive Countdown - Week Five
10/27/08 - 11/02/08
Week Total: 28.1

October closed with One Hundred Twenty Miles - One Hundred Ninety Two Kilometers... Even myself is impressed. It's the month that I have run the most amount of miles since I came back to running in 2007 ...!!!

Arrived on Monday from California, my adorable son p
icked me up at the airport, hugs, kisses and I asked him: Do you have a cold? and he said Yes... I told him: I love you too!!!

Ran my intervals that day to have enough time between tempo (Wed) and long run (Sat). Three intervals on one mile each plus the warm up and recoveries, for a total of 5 miles.

And... on Wed... I got the cold. Zicam with me. My boss as soon as he saw me in the office told me: your eyes are puffy... go home. I didn't. I had a lot of work to do. I started to feel better during the day, and decided to go to the gym to do my tempo run which was planned for 10 miles.
Instead of keeping a steady mid-tempo pace I chose to do negative splits. It was a good workout. I wondered where the cold was. I completed 9 miles in 98min 38sec. The treadmill stopped at 99 minutes, and I lost momentum and didn't bother to start the work out again to do another mile. The good thing is that I felt great, there were no signs of cold until the night showed up, when in bed I felt it.

On Thursday I needed to go to work and I knew it was going to be a long day. In addition we had an evacuation drill and it didn't feel nice being out for 40 min (luckily it was not that cold outside). In the afternoon I wanted to cry because I didn't feel well; co-workers told me to go home, but I had a presentation review for a meeting in DC next week. So I stayed.

Friday was a different story, this time I stayed in bed. Zicam, and resting. Fortunately, my asthma was not impacted, that is always my biggest concern when I get a cold. Then on Saturday the questions were: Should I run? Would it be wise or stupid? How can I miss my long run - a 14-miler?

Traveling to DC on Sunday left Saturday as my only option.
The day was offering a decent weather in the mid-50s without rain (overcast, of course). After 2 hours of deliberations and feeling slightly Ok I decided to go. I was planning in a 11:08 min/mile pace (similar to a 13-miler I had in September) but that was too much to ask. My legs ached as in the typical cold discomfort. When I thought I was running 11 min/mile I was registering 11:40, then resolved not to get hung up in numbers today as obviously the cold had an impact in my run. I ended doing 11:43 as average pace and If The Cold Didn't Kill Me, It Made Me Stronger.

Below the average pace for the long runs of the past six weeks.

Four More Weeks!!!


Unknown said...

Great job for doing your miles even though you're not feeling superb! Inspirational!

Susan said...

You are one traveling lady!!! And you whooped that cold's butt - I am very impressed. 4 weeks - yay!!!

ShirleyPerly said...

Oh, sorry to hear you're getting sick. Sometimes it's better skip a run if you think doing it will set you back even further (you will not lose much fitness even if you missed a week of running). But it sounds like just going slower was a good compromise for you both mentally and physically.

Keep up the good work. You are almost to taper time!!

Backofpack said...

Hey Lizzie - DC is wonderful. We stayed at the Virginian Suites in Arlington - just across the street and up a block from your guys! We had grand plans to run to the mall, circle and return, but we were so busy, and we were walking so much, that we never did it. I hope you have fun in DC this week!

Petraruns said...

Nearly there.. I'm with Shirley sometimes it's better to hold back when you're feeling a cold. But you managed okay by the sounds of it - take it easy though okay? And 120 miles is fabulous!