Monday, September 03, 2007
It's all in the numbers...
Well, another month has come and gone, and I've gotten a PR of sorts, in terms of monthly mileage. This month, the grand total was:
Significantly better than the 141.0 of last month, and makes me feel better about the seemingly low mileage weeks, despite lots of longish runs (The miles of these weeks, with the Monday to Sunday format, have been: 38(with week starting wednesday for the month), 51(back to back weekend), 35.2 (week of the 50k), 36.5 (weekend guest), and 41. Not exactly where I imagined my mileage being, but I suppose I'll take what I can get. During the month I still did: one 15 miler, two 18 milers, two 20 milers, and one 5ok.
I've also been playing around with my mileage, in terms of which day to start calculating, which makes a surprising difference, and makes me feel a little better about how tired my legs have been feeling this week. I conventionally start my mileage on Mondays, so that the full weekend is counted together, which gave me an unimpressive 41 miles for the week. However, if I instead start the mileage on Sunday to Saturday instead, that goes up to 58 miles! Which is near my highest mileage ever (I did 60 the week of the SD Marathon in june). Of course, doing that makes the previous week a paltry 16 miler week (I know!), but then makes the week before that a 53 miler week, which I like much better :)
So, I'll stick with my normal way of recording mileage, just because I think it makes sense to keep the weekly mileage together, but sometimes it's good to switch things around a little. It makes sense that after a 58 miler week, my legs would be tired, much more than just after 41 miles, and makes me feel better about my plan for a rest day!
All this data talk is mostly me trying to justify that I've been putting in enough mileage for my rapidly approaching 50 miler! I'll admit, I'm starting to get worried that I just haven't putting in enough training. 50 miles seems considerably farther than the 32 of Tahoe (my "furthest 50k"). I'm hopefully going to get in something in the 15-18 miler range on Thursday, and then do a mini taper for the 50k next weekend, since I have a guest visiting this weekend and won't get the opportunity to get in a long run. Then I'll do another long run the weekend after (I'm thinking 26 miles or so) and then, I suppose, start to taper! Ack!!!
Any advice from you seasoned vets about what to do with this 39 days that I have before the race? Any strategies, numerical or otherwise, would be amazing :D
In an amusing but unrelated note, my trail paranoia hit a high note on Saturday when I attempted to do a long run on single track by myself in Nisene Marks. I started by just singing outloud to my (lowly set with only one headphone) ipod (which I'm sure was lovely for the one couple I encountered out on the trail who got to hear me belting show tunes). However, after hearing an animal in the bushes about 3 miles in (was probably a squirrel, but squirrels and mountain lions don't sound that different, right?) I changed tactics. Off went the ipod, and I started talking to the animal, then proceding to talk (loudly) to the forest, myself, God, for the next two hours, as I hesitently proceeded on the trail, pepper spray firmly in hand. At one point, the trail is surrounded on both sides by high bushes (went above my head) with a very steep drop off to one side. I heard a rustling in the bushes and immediately screamed, swinging around and pointing my weapon into the bushes. But before I could set off the pepper spray, a frightened squirrel scampered away under the leaves.
I really need to get a handle on this fear :P