Newport Marathon training: the highlights

A 10-week turnaround between Oakland and Newport made me think that writing weekly training recaps would be a bit cumbersome, if not also repetitive, so most of my bantering lately has been less about “I did this workout and this workout and I felt great” blah blah blah–though no doubt, you can glean that from my dailymile any ol’ time you want–and more about some bigger picture stuff.

With the marathon just two weeks and change out from today, I still wanted to write through some of my training so I could examine everything from a bird’s eye view. As I’ve written earlier, writing through these things makes me think macro instead of incessantly micro, so this will probably not be the most titillating post I’ve written (sorry, friends). Come back later for some entertainment.

In terms of the weekly mileage breakdown, it’s looked like this, beginning with one week post-Oakland (which was on 3/23):

from the week of 3/24 through the week of 5/5
from the week of 3/24 through the week of 5/5

 

Of course, dailymile rounds the mileage, so it’s a bit misleading, but that’s the general gist of how the mileage has broken down.

Any seasoned runner will tell you that the mileage is meaningless unless you’re a) having fun and, equally important, b) healthy, and I’m happy to report that all is well in both territories.

The last time I wrote about my training, I talked about the funning I had done, which included running more trails in Alum Rock as part of my recovery, Ragnar SoCal with the other fine folks from TSFM ambassador group, and my first 1:45 pacing stint down at the Santa Cruz half marathon. That post basically captured my first four weeks post-Oakland.

Here’s how the subsequent weeks have shaken out:

  • week of 4/21: 74.54 miles, including some awesome spectating adventures at Big Sur International Marathon down in Carmel and Monterey. Also, I think this might be a weekly mileage PR.
driving down to BSIM with Meredith just blew. I mean, these views. Ew.
driving down to BSIM with Meredith just blew. I mean, these views. Disgusting. (source: Meredith)

 

at Hurricane Point with Meredith, my Bootlegger badass who had just run Boston 6 days prior (and nearly PRed) before coming out to run BSIM as part of the B2B challenge. Words can't express how incredibly proud I am of her--or how incredibly SCARED I am of plummeting to my tragic death off this cliff, backwards
at Hurricane Point with Meredith, my Chicago Bootlegger badass who had just run Boston 6 days prior (and nearly PRed) before coming out to run BSIM as part of the B2B challenge. Words can’t express how incredibly proud I am of her–or how incredibly TERRIFIED I am of plummeting to my tragic death off this cliff, backwards. My palms are sweating just looking at this picture. (source: a stranger)

 

Meredith and I stayed in the woods in Big Sur. Seriously.
Meredith and I stayed in the woods in Big Sur. Seriously. (source: Mere)

 

Bootlegger love at the BSIM expo. This picture makes me stupidly happy.
Bootlegger love at the BSIM expo. This picture makes me stupidly happy. (source: Lee Ann’s beau)

 

showcasing Chicago love on a run in Monterey before the spectating fun began
showcasing Chicago love on a run in Monterey before the spectating fun began (source: a nice stranger who probably secretly judged me)

 

Anil on his way to a 50+ minute -- read that slowly -- PR. Nothing like smiling at mile 25.5.
Anil on his way to a 50+ minute — read that slowly — PR on a super tough course. Nothing like smiling at mile 25.5.

 

Mere rockin' it at BSIM just days after a hot Boston. Note the Boston bib on her backside. :)
Mere rockin’ it at BSIM just days after a hot Boston. Note the Boston bib on her backside. :)

 

Bootlegger Lee Ann (space) giving the queen's wave at 25.5.
Bootlegger Lee Ann (space) giving the queen’s wave at 25.5. Inquiring minds want to know how she looks so good at the end of a marathon… and oh yea, her BSIM performance also came just days after a PR at the BAA 5k.

 

IM-in-training Saurabh (in white). I cannot fathom running 26.2 after swimming and cycling for hours. He probably went on to ride and swim for a cajillion hours post-BSIM and just didn't tell anyone. I wouldn't be surprised.
IM-in-training Saurabh (in white). I cannot fathom running 26.2 after swimming and cycling for hours. He probably went on to ride and swim for a cajillion hours post-BSIM and just didn’t tell anyone. I wouldn’t put it past him.

 

  • week of 4/28: 71.09 miles, including another 1:45 RunningAddicts pacing gig at Brazen Racing’s Western Pacific half marathon (1:44:30, still too fast, though this was my first time pacing sola) and getting to see Chris start and finish the WP marathon
with Jennifer, who had run with Johnny (1:35) to a PR and a women's OA/AG finish, and Anil (1:50 for his first pacing gig), who had just run BSIM and massively PRed the week prior. Fun story about Jennifer: we raced against each other a few weeks prior at the non-10k and instantly recognized each other at WP. It's a very cool feeling to begin to recognize some familiar faces at races.
with Jennifer, who had run with Johnny (1:35) to a PR and a women’s OA/AG finish, and Anil (1:50 for his first pacing gig), who had just run BSIM and massively PRed the week prior. Fun story about Jennifer: we raced against each other a few weeks prior at the non-10k and instantly recognized each other at WP. It’s a very cool feeling to begin to recognize some familiar faces at races.

 

Chris flying in around mile 25.5
Chris flying in around mile 25.5

 

with Albert (left) and Chris post-Chris' marathon. Very fun to finally meet Albert, another TSFM ambassador and RA member, who had just crushed the AR50 miler in early April, and to celebrate Chris' marathon completion and OA/AG placement post-race. Clearly, we are all business.
with Albert (left) and Chris post-Chris’ marathon. Very fun to finally meet Albert, another TSFM ambassador and RA member, who had just crushed the AR50 miler in early April, and to celebrate Chris’ marathon completion and OA/AG placement post-race. Clearly, we are all business.

 

  • week of 5/5: 71.92 miles, including my longest LR (23) to date… and on a Wednesday because, #life.
a rare morning where I started, not finished, my run with the sunrise
a rare morning where I started, not finished, my run with the sunrise

 

oh ya know, just a couple hundred sheep in Sunnyvale. Carry on.
oh ya know, just a couple hundred sheep in Sunnyvale. Carry on.

 

...aaaaaaaaand the sheep exodus. This amused me to the extent that I recorded it and didn't realize that I was commenting (to myself) about "how cool this is!" (#craycray)
…aaaaaaaaand the sheep exodus. This amused me to the extent that I recorded it and didn’t realize that I was commenting (to myself) about “how cool this is!” (#craycray)

 

That’s about it. Training has been punctuated with the standard fare mix of recoveries, MLRs, LRs, and speed and tempo stuff, and things have been good, fortunately. It is pretty cool (and gratifying) to me to look at all these pics throughout my training cycle thus far and relive some of the crazy-ass stuff I’ve seen or done while on the run because, if nothing else, it’s assuring me (or reminding me, anyway) that, for as much as I want to perform on 5/31, I’ve already had a fuckin’ blast with this truncated training cycle. That, in and of itself, is a victory.

Your turn. Interesting encounters on your runs or rides of late? Any spectating or volunteering fun to report?

2 thoughts on “Newport Marathon training: the highlights”

  1. Love the sheep. It reminds me of New Zealand, and it cracks me up to see that they exist in Northern CA. Interesting encounters on my runs: Batdog costume, dogs in tutus, food and water dishes for feral cats, and other local events that I had never heard of (like a walk to end preeclampsia). Okay, I need to stop commenting on your posts and sort through my own mess of running thoughts.

    1. haha yea man, I remember that DM recap of yours! that was like a whole lotta #thatssoportland love all wrapped up in one run! (and kinda impressively so!) the random sheep in Sunnyvale, literally about a half-mile from where C works, is apparently some sort of economical grazing attempt, much like the city does at O’Hare. Someone (farmers?) bring in sheep and goats, they let them eat the grass (and therefore, cut it), and then everyone saves money. It just looks a little weird.

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