1. I ran last night.
I know, since I'm working on training for marathon #5, that by now this shouldn't really need an announcement. But I'm doing so little running lately, that I feel like it deserves to be noted.
Which leads nicely into.....
2. I mentioned that I cut my long run short last weekend, due to some IT band/quad pain. I made it to about mile 3.5 last night, and could FEEL it, but it wasn't painful. I got in 5 easy pace miles, and called it a day. I probably COULD have gone farther, but I didn't want to try it.
With Eugene just 23 days away (zomg), I've put in only a handful of long runs for this training cycle....
16 miles on 2/9
18 miles on 3/3
22.5 as part of the Run4Kids 24 hour
15 miles on 3/30
That's FOUR long runs, pretty much each a month apart. WTF, me.
Which leads nicely into....
3. It has not gone unnoticed to me that this training cycle, I've had more random aches/pains than the others. And I'm assuming it's related to the shit base I've been working off of. Turns out, you can't just run willy nilly and expect to get to a marathon uninjured.
As evidenced by my dailymile logging, I've been basically running HALF of my mileage, and really only running alternate weeks.
Admittedly, I got a little cocky - I ran that 18 miler in early March, and kicked it's ass, and spent the rest of March resting on my laurels. And since that 18, I've taken a couple days for a jacked up ankle, a few days for the IT/quad thing, and a few days because, DUDE, I just ran that 18 miler, and it was AWESOME, so my work here must be done.
That was STUPID.
So, Eugene was supposed to be my PR race. I am excited for the course, because it seems pretty, and I can't wait to experience it, but I am growing more and more grateful every day that there is a generous 7 hour course limit.
And spending a fair amount of time considering my next move.
I kind of want to jump back in IMMEDIATELY and go for the full at San Francisco. It was my favorite race, I know the course, and it seems conducive to a PR for me (if I'm trained).
On the other hand, I feel like all of these skipped runs are a sign of terrible burn out, and I need to just stop training for fulls for now. 5 in a year, maybe, was too much. I love the distance - I've found 15-18 miles to be my happy place. But without the committing the time to maintaining my base, I'm setting myself up for failure. Under this consideration, I'm eyeballing CIM as my next marathon.
Aaaaaand, there's also the matter of the 50K that I'm itching to do. I know, it seems counterintuitive to schedule a 50K, if marathons have burned me out completely, but I have very happy visions of trail exploration in my mind. Maybe that will be the key to getting me back on track.
I don't know. I have a busy few weeks (SoCal Ragnar, Eugene, and PCRF Half within 3 weeks of each other) coming, and should probably not make any rash decisions.