Well trip to my Lou.
I’m at stage three, which is the sneezing stage. Stage one was fever, stage two cough, now I’m sneezing with valves open. I did run today, and it was tough.
Last week I pushed past the 50 mile mark pretty comfortably in only four days. On Friday I logged 22.5, with a 6.5 miller in the morning, 16 miles around the Farris Park loop after work. I was a little under-fueled, but I felt pretty good. Then that night, not so much.
It’s a good thing I haven’t been trying to stick to a plan, because I’d be pretty worried about how these interruptions would affect my performance in the Charleston race. To tell the truth, I’m not really worried. I’ll run as well as I can. If I suffer or finish slower than I predict, that’s an argument for the importance of the last weeks before the taper.
Speaking of prediction, let’s make this official. I’m going to finish the Charleston Marathon some time between 3:12 and 3:35. It really depends on how the flatnees works for me. Do I need hills to mix it up? Or will I be able to zone in on a pace and lock into it for the duration?
I’m hoping I feel 100% in a couple of days, when I plan on going long one more time before the race. If I don’t, I don’t.
So here’s the contest: predict my marathon time. Go ahead, look at my training log. Keep in mind I haven’t finished an official marathon anywhere near my predicted time-frame. I did run the distance by myself at 3:34ish, though.
Anyway, you have until Jan 14th to make your prediction. The closest prediction (over or under) gets some art. DNF and DNS are acceptable predictions, although they must be accompanied by an exciting and entertaining explanation.
PS I won’t be offended at slow predictions (relatively speaking, etc etc etc) if you make it funny, ie, “You’ll finish in 4:43 after a painful collision with a sailfish.”