Sunday, April 1, 2012

Countdown to Ogden: Week 5

Week 5 of Ogden training, which I am counting as starting a day after my PR at the Oakland Half Marathon, ended up being a total flop. Just hours after the race, my body completely revolted and I ended up coming down with a pretty gory illness. At first I thought maybe I was having a reaction of sorts to GU Roctane, or maybe I was dehydrated, or maybe I even had food poisoning from lunch after the race. But once the chills and the aches settled into my back & shoulders -- and I took my first official sicks days at work since I started at my company -- I knew I caught the spring flu that's been going around. This week was spent resting, recovering, and fitting in what I could when I was feeling up to it. Wah wah.

Ogden Marathon training, week 5


Goal: Rest
Actual: Rest

ALRIGHT! I actually followed one of my scheduled days this week.

Goal: 12 mi. @
MGP + 30 sec.-1 min. (8:30-9:00)
Actual: Rest

I technically was feeling a bit better this day, but decided to stay home & stay in. I knew an extra day of rest was more beneficial than anything.


Goal: Rest
Actual: 9 mi. @ 8:21

This was perhaps a bit much for a post-flu test run, because once I was home, I was not feeling so well again.

Goal: 9 mi. w/
4 mi. @ LT (7:23-7:35)
Actual: 4.15 mi. @ 8:00

My stomach was still settling on Thursday, and I ended up setting out for some downhill miles where I worked on my form. The pace looks a bit fast here, but there was very little effort to this run since it was downhill.

Goal: 5 mi. @ rec. pace (9:00+)
Actual: 16 mi. @ 8:29

Wanting to get my long run out of the way so I could have the weekend to concentrate on other things, I set out Friday afternoon for my 16-miler. Holllly cow, worst 16-miler ever. It was unusually muggy in SF on Friday, and after the first 4 miles, I realized I was overdressed. I headed home to change, and then set back out. Once I got back out on the roads, I developed a nasty side stitch that never went away, the wind was so strong I was hunching over to fight it, my knee started hurting, and to top it all off, my blood sugar plummeted at mile 11. (I guess that's what a week of eating only soup & crackers when you can will do to you.) This run was so miserable, but I got it done and out of the way.

Once I got home, I realized that run put me over my first official 200-mile month of running! So at least there was that.


Goal: 16 mi. @
MGP + 30 sec. to 1 min. (8:30-9:00)
Actual: 6 mi. @ 8:44

It was raining pretty hard on Saturday morning, and I set out for a shorter recovery run, rather than spending any large amounts of time in the cold.

Goal: 8 mi. @ rec. (9:00+)
Actual: Rest

Yup. Pretty slack-ass.

Overall, I finished week 5 with 35.15 miles of running (and concluded March with 209.41!!). I'm happy to have done what I could when I could, and since the race is still a good deal away, I'm not panicking about losing any sort of fitness or anything. :) I'm looking forward to being done with this crazy illness & getting into the thick of my more serious training.

7 more weeks until marathon #7!


  1. Hope you feel better! Wow, that's a pretty high mileage week considering you weren't feeling top notch, way to push through it!

  2. For the worst 16 mile run ever your pace still seems pretty strong!! Better week next week!

  3. You are such a SLACKER. Especially when you're sick. Sheesh. Buck up, chickie. ;-)

    Glad you are feeling better than earlier in the week and hope the illness is totally GONE soon!

    Even sick, you are a training animal. Ogden better watch the F out.

  4. Hope you are feeling better already. That is a killer month, well done!

  5. Congrats on 200 miles!!! I ended up with 211 miles for March which is also my highest mileage month- EVER!!!

    I am so glad that you are feeling better. :-)

  6. Oh, boo! That really sucks. Awesome week under the circumstances! (I opted out on Friday....It was pretty miserable!)

  7. Cut yourself some slack for being sick - I think you still had a pretty stellar week considering the circumstances! I hope your sickness is all the way gone now and you'll have a way better week this week!

  8. When you're sick, taking care of yourself is the most important thing! I think you did great, given that you were sick. Hope you are feeling great!

  9. It's good you know when to rest...I too am in training for my first half-marathon in Sept. So excited! I have yet to have any huge mileage weeks but I am still a newbie you could say...I've only been running for 8 months and have taken it slow...blessings and take care of yourself! If you have a minute please stop by my new running blog all about my journey with cancer to becoming a runner...