Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Freak out time!

Just a little nervous about my six foot track marathon preparations.
I feel i may have left my last long run a little too early and it will be 4 weeks from race day.Plus i havent done much aerobic runing since that time and even had one week with only 19 km travelled.This week was probably just as short.

In short i am feeling uncharacteristically out of sorts.I am not of the opinion that you lose fitness fast but i feel i may have just lost my edge.

Felt great on 4th feb when i ran megalong mega in 2:17 to pluviometer from megalong road and 2:03 return after a 5min water stop.

Anyway my taper seems to have gone pear shaped and i have lost confidence in my ability now.
Thats just not like me but it feels as though there is some basis to it....

Enough whining its only 3 days now,what else can i do?

20 comments:

Hamburglar said...

You'll be right!

Good Luck!

Superflake said...

4 weeks out is ok for the last really long run. Mine has been 40/30/20 but thats just me. After Six Foot I'll be looking at getting faster over longer distance. So some Marathon pace runs will be happening. Plus some more long reps. Good Luck for the race and I might see you at the tree.

Eric said...

I just read a bit about Six Foot Track yesterday, and from the looks of it, the course requires as much strength as fitness. Based on your recent 3000m and 5k performances, you are likely as strong as you have ever been, which is good.

The taper may have been a bit much, but you will certainly be fresh, and it is always better to be undertrained and fresh than overtrained and tired.

Mind the uphills, and run an even effort. You'll do well!

Thanks for the comments on my blog. I hope you're right! Cheers.

Steve said...

You'll be right, as you've probably gathered people have varying opinions on the taper, to that end, each to their own.

I wouldn't worry about it too much (easier said than done). The only way it'll go pear shaped is if you talk yourself into it. Stay positive, you'll run a blinder.

Scott said...

Hey R2B

You should be nervous this race, by all accounts, is a tough one.
Having said that you are ready, strong and, I feel, are going to make the most out of this opportunity.

All the best mate have a great run.

robtherunner said...

Good comments so far and I definitely agree that it is better to be well tapered and rested than to be overtrained. Good luck out there and give it your best.

running uphill said...

Can't offer too much advice about the taper/non-taper but just wanted to wish you all the best. It sounds like a great challenge:)

Well done on the 3k PB too!

miners said...

cheers for your comments mate! Great to see you blogging regularlay again :)

All the best for 6FT - don't stress over the timing of the long run. As the others have noted, your base looks pretty solid - and as for those recent PBs, congrats! That's a super 5k time for a road race, let alone a XC

Simlin said...

"You can do-it!"

Good Luck there R2B, looking forward to a glowing race-report.

Tesso said...

After such intense training for so long we suddenly back off a bit so of course you get the feeling you aren't doing enough and have lost fitness etc. This is normal for most people. And trust me, within the first two or three kms you will have forgotten all about.

Nerves are normal too. My theory is that the more nervous you are the more prepared you are for a good run. If you were undertrained and unprepared you would be lining up at start line not worrying too much as you'd know you weren't going to do a good time.

Enjoy the next few days. And keep on whining if it helps. Better not do too much wining though :-)

PortRunr said...

Sounds like well rested is not that bad a thing. I'm sure you'll warm into the race well with your longer term training behind you.
All the best for Saturday...have a great run and enjoy the day. Look forward to hearing all about it.

Celeste said...

Good luck!!

mpluss said...

You are right you cannont do much now but a good break and feeling scratchy now is a good thing.

Plu

Becky O said...

All the advice above is great. You've been building on your mountain running base now for quite a while, you wont lose any of that. For a race like this you are better to be well rested than overtrained.

I'm sure you will do fine and good luck.

Mat said...

Best of luck on the big day R2B. The increased nerves are normal. Don't worry about it, you'll do great.

2P said...

As me old parachute instructor used to say "feet and knees together and accept the landing" ie sometimes ya just gotta take what is about to be dished up to you.

You will be fine mate - there are enough hilly k's in those pins of yours to get you by.

CU there ;-)

Spark Driver said...

Go out and do your best. Don't let the "I can't do it" thoughts ruin your your race day.

Ewen said...

You'll be fine R2B. Fresh legs are best. Try and keep them fresh until after the river.

See you tomorrow!

runliarun said...

You will go. You will run. No need to worry. 95% of people's worries don't materialize. You will have a great race.

craig said...

Hope the race went well and will check back for your post about it. Thanks for the comment you left the other day. I appreciate the positive feed back.