January 28, 2024

Run 24: The Grind Begins


Today was a 12 mile run where I felt my first challenge during the marathon training. The milage was heavy, and it took a toll on my body. As a result, it is time to start dialing in the training and diet as my weekly milage increases.


Today, my plan had me running 12 miles at a nice and easy pace. While the run went well and I was able to finish it, today was the first day I felt there was a roadblock at the 11th mile. It felt excruciating to push through from a mental perspective, and it was the longest mile I have ever run. In addition, my legs felt quite heavy and my run felt slow today. I think this is a consequence of the lackadaisical approach I have been taking to my training and diet, which I touch on later.

In addition, I felt a small pain in one of the tendons behind my knee. The one closest to the inside felt tight all run. It was not a hard pain, but I could definitely feel it during the whole run and after it was causing quite a bit of discomfort. I think this is a sign that I need to be stretching even more than I already have.

Both of these things (the difficulty and the injury) are wake up calls for me to dial in my training, stretching, and diet. I have been coasting on my athleticism for the first 6 weeks of this training schedule, but now it is time to dial it all in and give my body the best chance to succeed.

If you have any suggestions on what I can do, please let me know either here or by email: jakerlanders@gmail.com

Run Statistics

  • Total Duration: 1:56:38
  • Distance: 12.15 miles
  • Active Calories: 1,557 kcal
  • Total Calories: 1,807 kcal
  • BPM: 146
  • Pace: 9:36
  • Fastest Mile: Mile 3 @ 8:50
  • Slowest Mile: Mile 7 @ 13:14

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