I’m 5 weeks into training for Boston 2013, and last night was the first “wednesday night speed workout” run with the Boston Bound group at Fleet Feet. It was real confidence builder to see so many new people, a lot of people from last year, and to run faster than I have been on my own. It was also a big reality check, that the day of the Unicorn is only fourteen weeks out. (follow that link to read an article that explains the reference)
Looking at my training log from this exact time last year, I am running my easy effort (i.e. recovery runs and maintenance runs) at a full 30 -45 seconds slower than this time last year. To reiterate: same effort = much slower. Crap. I am also a solid 6 pounds heavier. Which is actually progress, as I’ve lost 4 over the past few weeks.
Keeping data on multiple variables can be a great source of motivation, and can be mined for making improvements to training, but sometimes it can also be fairly demoralizing.
I took the “off” part of the off-season a bit too seriously. Based on numbers alone my performance at the Chicago Marathon was fine (3:26:33; 501/16,767 women). But I came out of it feeling pretty bad about the whole event. And there’s undeniable evidence that I cried my way through China Town.
Happy New Year!