August 04, 2010

Daunting Long Runs

Honestly,I have felt the lst week that doing more than 27 km like I did last weekend quite overwhelming.  How can i keep up this training?  over 30 km every weekend?  My abs hurt for some reason from last weekend.  My abs?  My legs are still a bit stiff too, which is normal for a couple of days after my long run, but thinking about doing it again each weekend for through august feels like "really???" right now.  
I read a lot of blogs on running, many are 'ultra-marathoners" donig stupid amounts of km.  How do they do it?  It requires retarded amounts of time, for one, but how does their body not break down?
I know this will pass and I will probably look back and smile at how I always feel like this taking on a new challenge.  I did this for getting for 5 km.  Dang it, 10 was a huge hurdle to jump!  but this 30 km, I am so proud of myself yet , wondering, can I keep it up like I need to for a marathon training?  
I am not following a training program specifically either.  I have read enough of them to know I need to get over 30 km for a few weeks long runs in training and then ease off just before in tapering.  I have my running bud that is following a very detailed regime.  I have been running a lot longer runs for a consistent time though, so its not such a surge in mileage for me.
Anyhow, I thought I would just say this feeling out loud as I psych up for Saturday.

8 comments:

The Thief/Rev. Run said...

My training regimen has me doing those long runs and then doing step back weeks (I did 18 miles last week and am doing 20 this week and 16 next week for my long runs, but then I get to step back to an 8 miler).

Taking rest days seriously probably helps out as well.

Chad said...

Hey Thief ! Yes, after I posted this the info I was recalling all I have read over the last while and came to me was the staggered increase like you explained.
I dont like pulling back at all though! Against my nature! I perhaps will do that next week, as you are doing!

Chad said...

Actually, I did this a couple of weeks back now that i reflect, so I am on key with that surging and falling. It makes total sense.

Kenley said...

One could only imagine what one does not go through. What you are going through is real indeed Chad. I wish you the best in your running endeavors. 30KM. Wow. Well, have fun this weekend. Might I ask you a question. What is the hardest challenge? A - Running the distance or B - Finding the time, since you mentioned about time being retarded and all. lol. Take care and God Bless my friend!

Kenley said...

Oh, are you going up from 30 to higher mileage soon man?

Nazzer said...

In response to the questions; how do they do it, and how do their bodies not break down...

You just get used to it really. You slowly get your body used to the punishment. And you give your body lots of fuel to replenish itself with and you're set. It's just that as you increase the distance the little things like stretching, hydration and nutritioon post run get even more important.... but that's just my opinion.

Chad said...

Thanks for the encouragement and input guys. Nazzer, I am definately in that vein of thought in which I know my body needs TLC and will adjust, I hope to keep up with all the TLC like you said. It does make me feel emotionally connected to the undertaking to have twinges to take care of, making it this investment of a bit of pain, I just dont want all out breakdown!
Kenley, yes, I will continue over 30 km, to eventually do the marathon in OCT in Kelowna. The time issue is only that its hard to justify such long runs, I cant imagine people who train for triathlons or ultras! 4 hours here , 3 there, it adds up!Its good to hear from those who are in the thick of it, many people around you think you are nuts anyhow!

Chad said...

THanks Thief, I have been contemplating this and have made this week a pull back week from 33 to 24 km, for a bit of recouping. Cheers!