Monday, April 28, 2008


Well, apparently I can’t follow Hal Higdon’s advice of doing nothing for the week after the marathon. I made it 5 days without running, but yesterday I was itching to run. Maybe it was because I watched the women’s trials on MSNBC earlier in the day or perhaps it was because I saw that Chelle PR’d at the Louisville Marathon. She’s proof the perseverance and hard work pay off.

In any case, I went out for a nice 7 mile trail run yesterday and 6 easy miles this morning. My right hamstring is really tight. It bothered me a little before Boston, but not enough to do anything about. I’m trying to foam roll it out, as I don’t want to have this linger all summer long.

Right now my plan is to follow Daniels’ 24-week program for TCM. The first six weeks are base-building – of which the first week was recovery from Boston. I haven’t followed one of Daniels’ programs since 2001 when I dropped my (very soft) marathon PR from 3:17 to 3:03 in one race. I don’t foresee another 14-minute drop in my future, but I think it’s realistic to believe I could run in the low 2:50s. So, here we go again…another training cycle. I feel like I’m ready to prepare for a fast fall marathon.

One note regarding the MSNBC coverage; Overall, I thought it was pretty good. However, this was the Olympic Trials, which means that the top-3 places matter. Although they covered the battle for third a little bit, they failed to mention much about it during the last 10K of the race. They showed Blake leading fourth place by 7 seconds with 10K to go and then showed her coming into the finish. How about a little update from time to time? Of course, I was there so it’s not a big deal to me.

Quote of the day;

“The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare.” – Juma Ikangaa


Anonymous said...

Which fall marathon are you doing?

Chad said...

TCM = MTCM = Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.

Anonymous said...

No running for a week after a marathon? That's crazy.

Take one day off, then start running easy (1-3-5-7) resume your training. Moving your legs is going to do more to flush out the garbage than doing nothing.

I haven't taken more than 2-days off consecutively for 20 plus years.

Kyran said...

Good to hear about TCM and Daniels'. I'll be working on the same schedule, provided, of course, that I can stick with it again after a long winter layoff.

Looking forward to hearing how it goes on your end!

Anonymous said...

I think short runs during that first week are really important. I was miserable slogging through three miles on Monday, but I really think I feel better today for doing it. It probably depends on how you feel though...I'm sure you're more prone to injury over those first couple of weeks after a race too.