I'm not real happy to report that last week's mileage was only 28.5 feeble, slow miles as I battled a combination of lower back pain, hot weather and general tiredness and lazyness. My longest run was a slowpoke 5.5 miles.
Six weeks until the Santa Barbara Marathon and at this point I'm not really sure I want to run it. My mileage and training has been hampered by illness and injuries but we shall see.
Truth be told...the back spasm was less of an issue than my general inability to wake up and run. I am so looking forward to the additional hour of sleep this Sunday as Daylight Saving Time goes away until the spring.
In the latest Runners World magazine the publisher had a nice discussion about his own training and how he's doing all the right thing in preparation for an upcoming marathon. Something that hit home with me was his insistence on getting to bed early enough so that he could wake up for his early morning run. He mentioned he was dedicated to the task, with the occasional exception of his hometown team playing late.
My commitment to this "comeback" marathon has waned of late I think in large part to my inability to train properly. On the other hand, MY SLEEP HAS BEEN INADEQUATE for most of the last 6 months. Probably 75% of that is my own fault...staying up late with this website that I love, writing, corresponding...and then winding down at midnight with the TV on. Not good at all for the training...
So here I am at 10:15 pm...writing this blog post and planning on a 20 minute run afterwards. Shower and get to bed by midnight.
Do as I say, not as I do...