I'm fortunate as many long time runners to have friends who have excelled in the sport. It is great to receive unsolicited and solicited tips on what has worked for them. In the sport of trail 50 milers it is easy to forget the lessons one has already learned. Forgetting lessons is common in life and especially running/racing. At the end of 2014 I needed to post a marathon qualifier for the 2016 Boston run to join my friends. I was 53 at the time and with no specific training just figured I'd run a 3:10 and get seeded fairly well. Then I'd have plenty of time to get into the come big or stay at home training and control the world with my weather machine (Underdog reference) attitude.
Temerity was at an all time high that day and I took my beating in a 3:15:58 finish. What had I unlearned?
1. I did no specific training. I did not have a reference point of good versus evil.
2. I raced in an old pair of Adidas Culpepper's racing flats. I did zero runs in them before the event.
3. I neglected to address my right hammy prior to the race in any capacity. I just let it ride thinking S-Caps (electrolytes) would just Elizabeth Montgomery it away.
4. I convinced myself that at 179 pounds I was twisted steel and I could easily carry this weight. I refused to give up the hot fudge and mashed potato diet and I paid for it.
5. Finally, with all this shameless audacity at what point did I not figure out my calve muscles would not seize up late, reducing me to Barney Rubbleness?
In 2015 I fixed these issues (relearned marathoning) and posted a 3:06:15 to improve my qualifying time. However, after scanning the 50-54 age group results at Boston it became apparent that is like the age group Olympics and literally a couple hundred 50+ year olds get under 3 hours, so I ran with my friends that day. That was awesome because there were 5 of us who finished together, but at the same time deep down you know you're finished. Yes...even stumble bums like me recognize the marathon dream has finally ended. Sure, the pilot light comes on once in awhile, but the will to train is no longer present.
3/13 = OFF
3/14 = OFF
3/15 AM = 7.7 w/ 5 @ 6:58 on the T-M.
3/16 AM = 4.0 w/ 2 @ 6:27 on the T-M.
3/16 PM = 6.0 (9:38) w/ Tim at Men. Park (road).
3/17 AM = 6.3 (9:39) (road).
3/18 AM = 15.0 (8:21) (paved trail) w/ Christine first 11. Last 6 (8:11, 8:09, 7:46, 7:36, 7:22, 7:10).
3/19 AM = 19.0 (10:43) (crappy trail) w/ Dean, Clem, Andy, Sharon various distances @ Minooka.
Week = 58.0