12+ easy miles in the bag and that's my last long run until Boston! A and I got out first thing yesterday morning to tackle some hills down in BRes. Felt really good. A is amazing. She hasn't run more than 6 miles at a time in a month and she comes out and runs one of our hilliest routes with me at about the same pace we would be running if we were out on the towpath!
The baby shower yesterday was nice. David and I pretty much vegged after that and had BBQ ribs off the grill! So tasty! Friday night I had to bail on the concert as the weather was crap and I didn't want to drive 2 hours there and back by myself in thunderstorms. So we have been getting our movie on. Friday night was Brokeback Mountain. Holy tear jerker! Then last night was Memoirs of a Geisha (guess who picked the movies ;)) Tonight we will watch a manly movie though. We have heard the horrible reviews but oh well we are still going to watch Doom :)
I have been busy doing laundry and cleaning up all weekend and the house actually feels livable now. Funny how all of that falls to the wayside with all of this training and life getting in the way!
Now that Boston is almost upon me I am already off and running with JFK plans :)
I get a little antsy during taper and usually start addressing my goals for the race and future races. Right now I am trying to decide on a second fall marathon besides Chicago. CK claims that in order to get ready for JFK it would be beneficial to do back to back marathons.
I am torn about it. I know I could do it, but I really want to PR at Chicago and I am afraid that in order to do 2 marathons back to back I can't give either an "A" race effort. And I feel pretty good but I don't think a 3:25 is in the Boston cards.
For shits and giggles I looked at a pace chart for that (Nike's site has a pretty cool calculator for Boston) and I just don't think that is the race I want to run next Monday. I am imagining an easy start and negative split which means a slower time this time around. With those downhills I don't think I can go out as fast as I would need to comfortably run 3:25. Who knows, I am still indecisive. I guess I will just have to come up with two plans and go with whatever feels good race day. (I honestly don't feel very "fast" right now. My track splits have been okay but I think they were faster last year, I think maybe I am getting stronger and tougher, but not faster)
Anyways, I was looking for another fall marathon and Columbus and Detroit are popping up, I am also looking into a trail marathon as a significant portion of JFK is trails. I am leaning towards Detroit because it is the week after Chicago. I was hoping to combine this with a relay with my sister for her first half but Detroit doesn't have a 2 man relay. So if we wanted to do that Columbus would be better. But that is the week before Chicago. Decisions decisions!
So what are the veteran Ultra runners thoughts on the back to back marathons (esp. for a first time ultra runner)? And is it really beneficial to do those in mid-late October when JFK is the Saturday before Thanksgiving? I would think I would want my last longer run a little closer to race date. How many 20-26 miles runs do you typically put in before a 50 miler. I am envisioning only 2 really long runs (20+) with a 2-3 week taper and I won't be going into really high mileage as I usually get injured when I close in on 60 mpw. I am thinking I will top out around 55 mpw.
I have been doing some internet "research" and so far these are the sites I found most useful for advice:
Reston Runners JFK Site
Extreme Ultra Running