My Saturday started at 5:30 a.m., when I dragged the Enthusiast and Dobson out of bed and drove down to southern Ohio for a banjo lesson with master old-time musician Dan Levenson.
After eight hours of driving and three hours of talking about music and getting some pointers on my banjo technique, I felt drained by the time we got home. Instead of running nine miles that evening, I decided to pick up a sixer of Thirsty Dog Labrador Lager.
Sunday evening arrived with the promise of a hot and sticky 18-miler. I headed to the Towpath for an out-and-back. My pace was dreadful. Halfway through, I was running close to 11-minute miles. Approaching 12 miles, the sky turned black and thunder started to roll through. I made the call. I was done.
For the second time in a row, my long run was well short of my planned mileage. Something ain't right.
Akron Marathon Training Week 7:
- Monday's shortened makeup long run (11:26 pace) for Week 6 set me way off schedule.
- Wednesday, I felt the effects of the time crunch with a two-a-day, a four-mile recovery run (10:19 pace) in the morning and a three-mile slog (9:25 pace) on the R.I.P. Hill on Memorial Parkway.
- Thursday was a harder-than-it-should-have-been marathon race pace run (8:58 pace) for seven miles.
- Saturday's nine-miler? See above.
- Sunday's planned 18-miler was a bonked 12 miles (11:34 pace).
If Monday's run counts for last week, that makes Week 6 a 35-mile week, when it was supposed to be 37. Week 7, then, is a dreadful 15 miles off target. Otherwise, I was only off by one mile last week, but my long runs the past two weeks progressed from 14 miles to 12 miles, when they were supposed to be 16 to 18.
What is more important, the weekly mileage or the long run progression?
Though weekly mileage is important, I think the long runs hold more sway. This week was supposed to be a rest week with a 12-mile long run. Since I just did 12 last night, I think I will repeat the plan for Week 6, follow week 7, and then jump to Week 10.
My altered plan would mean a long run progression of 14, 14, 12, 16, 18, then 20 miles, including the last three weeks (instead of 14, 14, 12, 18, 20). A little more tweaking to the weekly mileage, and I'll go from 34, 35, 26, 40, 44, to 48 miles. The only thing I skip is an extra 18-miler. What are your thoughts?