Sunday, May 11, 2008

Training/taper week 5/5-5/11 - 2 weeks to Cleveland

The photo below says it all about this week--the most awesome week of our lives as we had our baby boy, Noah, on Friday morning. His arrival in our world signals a new life for Anne and me--a life that will bring even more joy. My priorities have suddenly shifted--all for the better. But I remain a hardcore runner....

PM: 6.5 miles at easy pace
Experienced dead legs and some lingering soreness from Sunday's hard run.

AM: 9 miles
Legs still really tired and worn out.
PM: Legs still really tired, but better than in the morning.
Total miles for day: 15

AM: 9-mile track workout
3X1600 at 5:34, 5:34 and 5:36 with a 400 meter recovery after the first and an 800 after the second. I was very pleased with my times even though my legs were still feeling pretty dead from Sunday's hard workout.

AM: 9.2 miles
Legs felt much better.

AM: 11.5 miles
Ran miles 3, 5 and 7 at marathon pace (6:41-6:45) and felt fairly bouncy and fresh, though nervous about the coming c-section. Got back to the house, showered and left for the hospital with my wife.

AM: 7 miles easy
My first full day of fatherhood--the second-greatest day of my life (the first being the previous day, when Noah was born). Felt bouncy and fresh despite a lack of sleep from Friday night. I would soon learn that 6 hours of sleep isn't a "lack of sleep."

PM: 6.5 miles easy
Ass dragging big time from about 3 hours of sleep from the night before. I'm having the time of my life with our son, Noah, but at the same time am a little concerned as to whether or not a sub-3 at the Cleveland Marathon will really be possible without sufficient sleep. The good news is that Anne seems devoted to helping me get some rest on Friday and Saturday nights.

Total miles for week: 63.5

The goal next week is to stay the course--Monday off, easy runs of 3-5 miles, and 3 one-mile repeats at the track at marathon pace, all followed by the Cleveland Marathon on Sunday morning. The most important goal, though, is to treasure this time with Noah and my wife before I have to go back to work.


  1. Wyatt & Anne,
    Congrats! Hope mom is doing well.

    Wyatt, the hard work is done.
    Not even lack of sleep will stop you.

    See you this coming weekend.


  2. He's a cute little fella...and already has more hair than his dad. ;-)
    Don't worry too much about the lack of sleep. You and Ann will work out the sleep schedule so that you can cover for each other. You've put in all the miles, and the race is only a few more days away. All is well.


  3. Wow - I'm so happy for you guys! Thanks for posting a picture!

  4. 100 miles!
    The best I ever managed was a half marathon.
    I recall some Japanese guy running in a marathon who said running was his girlfriend. Sadly he didn't win, considering his freakish dedication.
    Good luck and I hope you don't wear your legs down to nubs with all those miles.