Walter Mencken 10:06 a.m., Feb. 6
More San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Training
Hitting the wall at three and a half miles? What gives?
My marathon training for the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is coming along quite well but I had an interesting time yesterday. On my five mile base run, I hit the wall at about three and a half miles and ended up in survival mode.
Who hits the wall at three and a half miles? I guess I do, that's who.
I ran a tenth of a mile and walked a tenth of the mile for the final mile and a half at Lake Miramar.
At first I felt like the run was a failure and I was disappointed. As I continued to think about it during the last mile, it made sense that I had run out of energy.
On Tuesday I’d had a spectacular five mile base/tempo run. I did the final mile 25 seconds faster than my goal pace for the marathon and it felt easy.
On Wednesday I went to the gym and worked my hamstrings, glutes, and hips with resistance training and did some speed development on the treadmill.
Come Thursday, it was just too much and I had to, “shut it down”, as it were.
I remembered the idea that legendary running coach Bob Bowerman espoused: running is about stress and recovery, stress and recovery but most runners over stress and under recover.
Today I recovered because tomorrow it’s time for the long run.