I made my decision last Monday, a day after running my first 20 miler in quite a few months. I wasn't getting enough sleep and running in the dark days already got to me a while ago. Time to slow it down for a bit.
I'm just not used to ramping things up in December and January, and I suspect that's got me a little out of synch. My legs felt tired and I never was able to get into a good pace. My shoes were flat and needed replacing, in fact, they are the same shoes in which I BQed in FOUR months ago. I have to stop holding on to shoes longer. My eating habits had a crappy month, not having enough time to cook all my meals, I have good days and bad nights. And it's not like I'm running 65 mile weeks to burn it all off.
I've written about the funk before and in previous years, I'd think there would be something wrong with me if I wasn't able to do every single scheduled run. One missed LT and I'd be questioning whether I would be ready for marathon fitness.
Know much better now, and that rest is just as important as getting the miles in. I went to DC for a long weekend and they had plopped winter on to the streets and trails. Great! So instead of doing long mileage, I kept in aerobic shape, doing about 4.5 miles a day around the Mall, running on snowy and icy trails. The Yak-Trax came in handy.
I have to remind myself that this is not going to be a fast Boston for me. I'll give the marathon its due respect but I don't think I'm going to set my sights at a PB -- making it this far in my running career lets me take this major marathon a little easier.
So the mileage last week was 20 on five runs. I feel much rested now, having caught up with sleep. Today, sporting my new Asics 1140s, I did a 4 mile run with a progressively faster splits, ending with a 7:09 last mile. Not super fast but a lot better than a I felt a week ago.
This week is supposed to be a step-back week. Tell you what, I'll take it.
(Thought the picture below of the bag that carried a jelly doughnut was hilarious..)