Monday, October 31, 2005

LAST . . . sigh

I ran a 10k yesterday morning - and I totally bonked on mile 2. I walked most of the race and I'm pretty sure I came in last place. I felt worse during this race that I did the entire Chicago Marathon. I have no idea why these past few days I've been running like crap. Maybe my body needs a longer post marathon time to recover than most people. I don't know. I'm running a half marathon next weekend and I'm worried I'll bonk on that race too.

I'm really frustrated because my running was so on before the marathon. I'm not sure what training I should do this week. Here is what I have scheduled - does this seem right? Should I do more/less?

My weight today is 130.6 and Tanita tells me I'm 31% body fat. Let's all hate Tanita together.


Blogger BuckeyeRunner said...

Hi Susan, hang in there with the training. Coming down off a marathon is alway tough for me, too. Your schedule looks pretty good. I am running a half next weekend too! I hope this week goes fast, because I kind of just want to get it over with!!

7:30 AM  
Blogger William said...

Get lots of carbohydrates to fill the glycogen stores in your muscles and liver. It can take 2 days eating 55-65% carbs to get back to normal.

It takes me two weeks to get back to running well after a marathon. You're doing great.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Al Carter said...

How's your diet? You may not be getting enough of the right foods and that may have caused your bonk.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Bonk? Is it a mental bonk? As far as i know, the body store enough glycogen for 2 hrs of exercise (assume diet is alright).

You finish the race. That is great. Honestly, I don't think u should do any training. Let your mind and body rest. You have done a marathon already. That means your body already have the base. Spend some time with your kids, your husband. Get your mind out of running for a while. It will come back :)

On a side note, I did 10 k yesterday and I feel horrible as well. My HB was way too high and my pace was way too slow. Yeah I think i some rest as well.

9:13 AM  
Blogger robtherunner said...

Susan, your schedule looks good to me as well. Sorry you had a disappointing race and I hope you feel better this week. Eat well. Do not follow my example.

9:26 AM  
Blogger jeanne said...

So sorry you had a crappy race yesterday, But you had a great marathon! revel in that, and let go of yesterday. My advice (now that I'm such a veteran) is to listen to your body.

And glad that quote helped you, too, because I really needed to read that. We are not quitters! And that is something to be proud of.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Flatman said...

Oh, I hate that this happened to you... I feel your pain. I went out for a long run late at night a couple off weeks ago and called my nephew to come and get me...(I was less than 2 miles from home and just couldn't muster the strength to get home).

Take a couple of days off for the first part of the week. Then do two short runs (less than 5 miles) on Wednesday and Thursday, then rest until the half...that's what I would do.

Trust me...I hate anything that tells me what my body fat is: Tanita, Doctor, anything!

We have got to break out of this funk!

11:07 AM  
Blogger E-Speed said...

I know you are conscious of your eating and weight, but maybe you should let your body indulge a bit this week. Maybe your post marathon boyd just needs more fuel.

I hope you figure it out and run well at your half!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Maybe your friend Tanita should meet my friend Hammer :)

11:39 AM  
Blogger nancytoby said...

Have you had your iron checked lately? It could be that too, if you're not supplementing regularly. Good luck finding a solution!

1:09 PM  
Blogger David said...

I can't figure how you have 31% body fat at 130 lbs.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Wylee said...

Death to Tanita! Let's all chant it together! (It is Halloween afterall) DEATH DEATH DEATH! Tanita obviously lies so badly she deserves to die! I like Cliff's idea of introducing her to his friend Hammer. :)
Congrats on sticking out the 10K! I'm proud of you for finishing.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Chad Austin said...

Sorry to hear about the 10k. Your post reminded me a lot of Yvonne's recent blog entry.

Hard to comment on your training without knowing what you've been doing and what worked for Chicago. What are your upcoming races, other than the half? Just curious what the track session is for? Also are the bootcamps new? Maybe they're taking a lot out of you.

As someone else said, Chicago really wasn't that long ago. Everyone recovers differently. I know I wouldn't race well a month after a marathon.

2:44 PM  
Blogger Hilda said...

Susan don't put more stress now messuring with that tanita... if you are running the half, still she should be wrong, now, what's your height?
If you don't have a garmin, what do you use instead? Still to get one I will look for a sale... they''re expensive.

3:12 PM  
Blogger D said...

Tanita sucks!
I would eliminate the lower body boot camp - save your legs. I would also eliminate the speed training. Go easy this week so that you will be fresh for the 1/2 marathon.

How fast did you run mile 1 of the 10K? Did you go out too fast? If not, just chalk it up as a bad run and don't worry about it. We all have those dang races!

If you don't feel up to doing the 1/2 marathon (remember Chicago was 22 days ago - 26.2 miles of pounding for how many hours? and how much pounding did you do training for that marathon?) don't do it.

You are an awesome runner who works, is a mom, is a wife, and all the other things that you do in addition to runner. Maybe some rest is necessary and deserved!

5:29 PM  
Blogger Mia said...

I'm with dgc, don't do the bootcamp, especially with doing a half this weekend. You need all the strength your legs can muster. I'm doing a half on Saturday and, if I were you, I would rest the day before. Sometimes that total downtime right before gives my muscles time to recover and, mentally, psyches me up for getting out there to really run. I wouldn't do any more than 3 miles the day before, ONLY if you feel like you just can't stand to rest.

We all bonk! At least you finished that 10K. I can't say I would have done the same.

And for Tanita, well, she just sucks.

8:05 PM  
Blogger brent d. said...


8:57 PM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

You are know way more then I do about running, but I totally understand how you feel, after I ran the 5K in Sept I have never felt like I can do much more then 2 or 2.5 miles. I am trying to do 5 miles on ThanksG and then half marathon in March and I can't see how. I wonder if it is in our heads? Could just be some bodys use more and store less then others.?!?

9:48 PM  
Blogger Jennifer P said...


I'd suggest dropping the boot/butt camp until after the half. Sleep and taper. Taper and sleep.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Yes, Susan, we do seem to be on the same schedule right now. I guess this kind of thing just happens to a whole section of people post-marathon :o(
Hang in there!

12:03 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

OH yeah, Tanita is a lying be-otch! She had my body fat off by 10%. At least that's what my coach said, and I like his assessment better, so it MUST be right!!!! It must, it must, it must!!!!!

1:18 AM  

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