Marathons: not “just about” finishing.

Workout notes 6 mile run on the treadmill in 1:01:30. I started at 5.8 mph (10:2x pace) and went 0 to .5 for the first 10 minutes,
1/1.5/2/2.5 (raise level every 5 minutes); 2.9 miles to 4.0 miles at elevation 4, retreat to .5 for the last 2 miles, in which I attempted to increase the speed, but had to dial it back.

It was freezing in the Riverplex; I had to find a treadmill away from the fans and also wear a long sleeve t-shirt (cotton) over a short sleeve technical shirt.

Then light weights: squats (10 x 45, 5 x 65, 5 x 85): yes, they were that light; 2 sets of 10 adduction and abduction, and 1 set of 10 with the new “gluteal” machine (not the slide back version).

Sometimes people say stuff like “it is about finishing”. Ok, for some, it might be. Not for me; there is a huge difference between racing one (for best possible time or place) and just finishing one. I was reminded of that yesterday:

There are two agriculture lab scientists that frequently run races; both are faster than I. On occasion I can compete with Pat (the lady) in the 5K and under; Terry (the guy) usually blows me away at all distances.

Today, I managed to finish ahead of both. Yes, all three of us ran last week’s marathon. But: Terry and Pat ran “racing” type of times (Pat, around 4 hours flat; Terry was in the low 4:20s). I closed up shop half way and did just enough to finish under the 6 hour cut off.

Result: at yesterday’s race, both of them were depleted; I was still fresh.

How well you run the marathon makes a BIG difference; not all finishes are created equal!


May 26, 2013 - Posted by | marathons, running | , ,

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