Marathon Journal: 4 Miles even faster!
January 29, 2010
I just did 4 miles and shaved a good 30 seconds off my time from day-before-yesterday. It’s easier to hustle a little more across all 4 miles rather than just try to pour it all on at the end.
I feel kinda good because my knees are holding up so far. That’s my big fear. I fear my knees. They can take away the glory of finishing the LA Marathon. I hate when things have power over me. I mean, that I can do my best but something outside of my control like my knee health can keep me from doing something. I resent my knees. If I were a 14 year old the knees would be my father telling me what to do.
The day after tomorrow I’m gonna attempt 16 miles! I try not to think too much about the future because I don’t want to horrify myself about stuff when fear doesn’t help my running. I’ll bet my knees blow out on that 16 miler. I’ll bet I have to quit. STOP IT!
The good news is that I’m finally getting a good foundation of 4 milers under my belt. It’s really hard to train for the long runs without a body of short runs to hold everything up. I’m also reducing my number of four mile runs between long runs on weekends, mostly in an attempt to save my knees. I usually do three shorter 4 mile runs during the week and now I’m only going to do 2 of them. That’s what my Beloved Angie does in her training and she’s about to try 19 miles coming up soon!
I tried listening to a bunch of Kid Cudi songs and they didn’t do the trick. I ended up listening to more Larry Arnn lecturing on the great books of the western world.