Okay so I decided to check back at MY INSANITY last year--- and I was in fact INSANE (so VERY OVERTRAINED for St. George last year, especially for someone 42 years old, now I am 43). Here is a training eulogy of death---
sat July 30th (and I am not even counting the madness happenings from Utah Valley Marathon til now-- two fast half marathons, two 10ks)-- Sogonamit at 340am 15.5 miles with Kelli, then worked ALL da y 12 hour shift starting at 6am.
Monday Aug 1st-- Impromptu marathon in heat and humidity(10am start time!!)up to the reservoir and back from my house-- exactly 26.2 miles-- eight stops, no watch stopping, run in 3:34!!
Tuesday Aug 2nd-- I show up to track work (not planned but that was what the girls were doing. I ran 7 x 800s PRETTY decently-- some of them at 5:57 pace!!
Sat Aug 6th -- 22 miler up and down Provo canyon (11 up, 11 down ) 6:49 Average down under 7:45 on the way up!!!
Aug 11th-- 8x 800s (but I ran 13miles too!! In fact most days I ran over 12 miles except days I worked I ran 5-7 miles).
Aug 12 (friday)-- ANOTHER long run 19.5 miles FAST too!!!
August 15th (monday)-- apparently I forgot I ran long just three days before-- 21 miles!!! I was going camping so I thought I had to squeeze it in. Got strep throat but still ran up in the HIGH UINTAS 10,000 feet above sea level the next several days!!
Sat August 20 -- 18 miles with 13 fast (Hobble Creek half) several of the miles at 6:07 ish pace!!
Monday August 22, YET I still run a 16 miler!!
Friday August 26th, 21 miles with 6 miles fast!!!
Tuesday Aug 30th-- 18 miler with 14 of the miles FAST on the treadMILL!!!!!!!!! What in the heck am I doing to myself????????
Saturday, Sept 3rd--- 23 miles!!!! AP 7:05 Wallsburg to Provo. I am seriously sick in the brain!!!
Monday, Sept 6th-- Payson onion days 10k.
No taper and here it comes-- Sept 10 Mt Nebo half in 1:19:35 with a five mile warmup!!!!! So another 20 miler!!!! I need therapy!!!
The FINAL straw TWO WEEKS BEFORE st george marathon--- I ran the TOP OF UTAH MARATHON on Saturday Sept 17th pacing my girlfriend in the hail,cold and rain-- running a head EVERY mile taking pictures, stopping at a porta potty twice for several minutes then sprinting to catch her. Carried her clothes, her GU etc... It was fun but by the end I could tell I was very tired---I needed to be done with running. Soon after that my heel started to hurt just a few days before SGM and I couldn't sleep. I stopped sleeping well at all. My body rebelled with three periods in six weeks and major insomnia. I AM trying to learn from my mistakes last year. I really should never have run the TOU marathon and Mt Nebo only if I didn't run all the other insane runs in the weeks before. I over did it MAJORLY!!! If I had run SG in early September I am quite sure I could have run under three hours. This year I am not sure what I am capable of. My body breakdown with injuries puts me mentally on the defensive. No trying for subthree. I am trying for a PR. 3:07 would be nice. My body knows how to drive it hard I just want to peak at the right time and be watchful to overtaining signs.