Tuesday, April 10, 2007


.... the day I was so angry and yelling at everyone and cut my run short. And I want to thank everyone for being so supportive and nice to me.

I have to be so careful of overtraining. It seems I never learn. I'll get to feeling good and think I can run every day or do two consecutive days of longer runs because I'm such a tough chick and -- WHAMMO! I'm down.

Over the course of 22 years of running marathons, the last 2 years of that including Ironman training, I still don't seem to learn it. I read some new training program that sounds good and off I go.

Well, after that crappy day I rested 3 days and took naps and went to bed early. My mood got better on a day or so of that. When I ran again (day before yesterday) I figured on 6 easy, without a stopwatch. I felt great and floated over the ground for 8 miles.

Yesterday was a rest day; today I'm meeting a friend for about a 4-miler, easy. Rest tomorrow, then 18 on Thursday, then REST the day after, no "I'm training for an ultra, I better do 10 miles on top of my 18." My ultra is 50 miles.... it's not going to require two consecutive days of running. I'm keeping my long runs to one day.

And if I try to run on consecutive days, someone kick me.


Julie B said...

You will enjoy the ultra distances Ellie, I know you will :) I'm glad you were able to get some rest and get in another good run! Hey, I see you found the Ultra list too. You'll find lots of good - and not so good - advice there, too.

ShirleyPerly said...

Glad to hear your last run went well and that you seem to have figured out what works for you in training.

BTW, now my husband wants to go to the C. Demar race in N.H. too and spend a couple extra days there afterwards to escape the FL heat. I'm waiting to find out if we can stay at a timeshare place in Keene but they only take 2-6 day reservations 61-121 days from the date of arrival, so I won't know until after the first week in June. I think chances are good though since it's after Labor Day. Crossing my fingers -- XX

Fe-lady said...

I am SO jealous that you have those miles in you yet! I don't think I can ever go longer than maybe one or two more marathons without permanently injuring myself...good for you! I will "run" vicariously through your efforts!

Vickie said...

Everybody has their breaking point, and as long as you remember yours, you won't break! But I still do stuff like that too, experimenting, or maybe trying to recapture the past--when I could run hard 5 days a week.

Anne said...

It's amazing what a little more sleep and a little bit of rest can do for the body and soul. Glad you worked it all out, Ellie.