It’s been a fairly rough 2011 for me this year. I started the year with a poor showing at the Olympic Trials. After that, I’ve struggled with over-training syndrome and now hypothyroidism (the relationship between the two I’m not sure). As anyone who has trained for a marathon knows, fatigue is common! In fact, the goal of marathon training is to have fatigue resistance at your goal marathon pace. Marathon paced runs are commonly done with prescribed fatigue – whether it be in general high mileage or a longer/moderate warm-up. The majority of this year I’ve been having a tough time understanding my own fatigue. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, Dr. Glowney at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine is very knowledgeable and determined I had hypothyroidism. Unfortunately the first try at a correct dosage was too low, and he adjusted the prescription last week.
This week has been progressively better. I’ve been very cognizant of sleeping patterns, general fatigue during the day, running fatigue, pace, etc. I took Thursday off from running because Wednesday’s workout wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked. I’m happy to type, the last three days I’ve felt back to my 2011 self!
Today I competed in the Heart & Sole Half-Marathon. Last year it was the USATF Colorado Championships and produced a talented group of runners. This year, almost all the guys returned! Included in the group were Kenyon Neuman, Patrick Rizzo and Jeremy Freed. All of us warmed up together with an easy and conversational 3 miles. Then we put on our game faces and duked it out for 13.1 miles with Kenyon Neuman running an impressive 13.1 at the Boulder Res in 1:06:54! Next came in Jeremy Freed, Patrick Rizzo, and then I crossed the finish line in 1:08:24. I hung with Kenyon and Jeremy through about 8 miles before they pulled away and Rizzo passed me at around the ten mile mark. It’s never fun to lose, but losing to these three tough and talented competitors is nothing to be ashamed of!
Why am I very happy with 4th place and $0? Because I ran faster than last year for the first time in a race in all of 2012! Last year I went 1:08:31 in a smart negative split race. This year we were more aggressive early and I still hung on to run faster! I couldn’t be happier to actually be showing improvement! For the past 8 months I’ve remained positive and kept thinking that it would be an incredible feeling when I can say, “I’m back.” Yeah, I can honestly say it’s a pretty darn good feeling!
Last year’s results:
This year’s results:
|1.||664||Kenyon Neuman||Boulder CO||25||M||1:06:56|
|2.||618||Jeremy Freed||Boulder CO||25||M||1:07:37|
|3.||679||Patrick Rizzo||Boulder CO||29||M||1:08:01|
|4.||653||Tyler McCandless||Boulder CO||25||M||1:08:24|
This year’s splits in 1st column, last year’s splits in 2nd column.
5:05 – 5:16
5:09 – 5:22
5:19 – 5:36
5:26 – 5:19
5:15 – 5:23
5:17 – 5:26
5:09 – 5:26
5:58 – 4:38
5:54 (long) – 5:02
4:16 (short) – 4:57
5:24 – 5:09
5:15 – 5:10
5:18 – 5:11
0:33 – 0:31 last 0.1
Thank you to all my family, friends, sponsors, and competitors who’ve been encouraging along the way!
Time to run faster than last year again soon!