I know it has been a while since I’ve done a write-up report on Andrew’s marathon training but I promise it’s still happening. In fact, we’re now exactly nine weeks away from the race but only six weeks of tough training left and then the taper.
He’s got a bit of an angry quad, the poor guy. It acts up, settles down, acts up again and then settles back down. I call it the “tightrope of pain” where on one side lies a grassy patch and then a bottomless pit of doom on the other. One misstep is all it takes to throw marathon training down the tubes. So, we balance. We backed it up a little, rested up a bit, then hammered it home with a couple of long runs.
After Halloween weekend was over, Andrew ran an 18 mile run on Tuesday November 3rd at around a 9 min/mile pace. Then 5 slow recover miles on the Wednesday, then another 5 miles on Thursday, then rested on Friday and Saturday. Come Sunday? He nailed, absolutely nailed a 20 mile run in 2:52 which works out to be about an 8:36 min/mile pace. He said he felt amazing, and couldn’t figure out where all his energy was coming from.
His quad acted up a bit on this week’s 4 mile run (on Tuesday) but he hoped it would settle down. He set out for a 14 mile run on Wednesday but had to cut it short at 10 miles. Hopefully he can get a 5 mile run in today and then a 16 mile run tomorrow. No set pace plan, just cover the distance.
Update: He got his 5 mile run in today. And because this post is super boring, I thought it needed a photo, so I just walked into the family room and snapped a pic of Andrew slothing on the couch. I might get spanks for this later, fingers crossed.
Do you like spanks?
What are you guys up to tonight? I don’t judge.