Monday: 3.6 miles (7:09). Could tell that I was getting sick or something because my legs felt abnormally weak. Woke up that night with a super-jacked up stomach. 12 wake-ups later and the scale was in the 120s.
Tuesday: No running. Stayed home from work and felt fine but still had a jacked up stomach. The only brightside is that when I'm sick, I allow myself to eat whatever I want because I figure the calories will help me or something. Ate a lot of ice cream, ramen and a doughnut.
Wednesday: 5.2 miles (7:39). Died an ugly death.
Thursday: 5.9 miles (6:54); 5.8 miles (7:12)
Friday: 7 miles (6:43); 5.4 miles (7:06)
Saturday: 10 miles (6:56); 5.4 miles (6:58).
Sunday: 20.3 miles with 4.72 mile fast finish (5:16 average). Ran a rolling 14ish miles and then ran to the end of LSC and back, followed by up-and-down Bison Way. Was 6:18 average at the start and felt really good during the first 14. Plan was to hang at 5:20 and ran the first four between 5:17-5:19 without much effort and ran the last .72 at 5:12 pace. Good run and felt smooth.
Week Total: 68.6 miles. Super low mileage week again but I couldn't help it. Everyone around here is getting it, so I had to pay my dues. It completely stole all of my mojo even though I wasn't feeling badly and I wasn't back to "normal" until Saturday.
The US Marathon Championships were fun to watch even though it was a complete bummer to see Jeanette have to drop out. She works so hard and is the type of person you root for. Going into the race, I thought the paper favorite was Ian Burrell, my favorite was Tyler Pennel and I thought those two, along with Sergio Reyes would all finish in the top 5. I wasn't too far off!
You have to respect Scott Smith for making that bold move with such a big pack remaining, especially shortly before the long hill. I would have been completely scared to do that, but he was an animal and it paid off for him in the end. When he first made it, I expected him to finish outside the top 5 and maybe even finish somewhere around 10th, but he hung on to third. But I can't let another Scott beat me in a marathon, so I will show no mercy at the Olympic Trials if we don't meet up before then.
For some reason, people get so pumped when a guy with super fast 5k/10k credentials moves up to the marathon. The qualities that make those guys fast in the shorter stuff are the qualities that may not let them get really fast in the marathon What I get pumped about is when guys with fast half-marathons but "modest" 5k/10ks move up. Those are the guys that will thrive in the marathon distance. The Tyler Pennel's, Gabe Proctors and Matt Llano's, etc. have much more upside in my opinion than the Chris Solinksy's and Luke Puskedra's. Maybe I will eat crow after New York though.
It was also bittersweet seeing so many guys run well and pop off those 2:15s-2:17s when I'm sitting at home, out of shape. Houston this past year is the only race I've ever had that chews away at me, so hopefully I will get redemption sometime soon. I still don't understand how I died so badly because I was in killer shape.