Sunday, December 11, 2005

Staying the Course

ORN: 3/2, 2/3, walk.

Let's see if I can explain. This was a training run for the Goofy Challenge. I'd done a half marathon last weekend and I wanted to see what affect - if any - that would have. So the plan was to use this as my last long training run. Since I'm here with Team in Training I knew I'd have to be "on the course" all day, so I wanted to get some bang for my buck

I wanted to get through the "half" feeling as though I hadn't really gotten started. The idea being that for Disney I'll need to be able to run the half on Saturday and walk off the course feeling strong. I'm pleased to say that the first half went exactly as planned. I felt great, even with the heat and humidity.

What did I learn? I'm feeling pretty confident about getting through the half marathon at Disney with little or no damage. I'm still trying to decide on the best ratio. I'm leaning toward staying with the 3/2 that has worked so well the past two weekends. I think that will leave me with enough in my legs to get up at take a shot at the marathon on Sunday.

Make no mistake, I'm scared to death. Well, OK, that might be a bit dramatic. But I am PLENTY nervous. I think I've prepared well, but there's just no telling. For now, I'll start the taper, rest up, get strong, and be ready to take my shot.

Waddle on,

John

2 comments:

Jilly said...

Nice report.

Question: what have you learned/concluded (if anything) about running in warm vs. cold. How is it switching back and forth from each climate rather than gradually conditioning for one or the other for awhile?

firebookie said...

Just how hot did it get by the time you finished? It seems a lot of my 6 hour buddies were over 7 hours. I'm not too worried about heat in Disney, with my luck it will probably snow.
I missed a 28k run this weekend as it was too icy. I did 1 1/2 hours on the treadmill.