WARNING!!! This is going to be of little interest for many. Don't comment out of obligation!! Don't read out of obligation!! It's a reference for me, and I process things when I type them out sometimes. I promise I will be back to writing about animals hanging from my redneck swingset soon and you can comment then....
I am currently halfway through a marathon training schedule for Grandma's marathon on June 18th. I haven't run a marathon since Boston 2010 mostly due to an injury that kept me from my fall marathon. I spent 3 solid months of NO running and pretty much started back at ground zero in September of 2010. Not ground zero exactly but in rough cardio shape for sure. I've taken a much different approach this time around and although I believe it's benefited me in many ways, I also have some panic over different aspects of my training. I was really going to get into this but I've opted not to. I've processed a lot of this the last couple of days with some "help":) I'll list a few random numbers anyway.
(So freakin' irritated that I can't get my dailymile to do the analytics from January to April 2010. I am seriously not a math mind and have no idea how I can break this down. I could take pictures of every one of my pages of notes on my 86 runs in my running log and post them......That would certainly capture the attention of many.)
Long runs(threw in some Garmin activity on a couple of the longer ones. I'm sure that's of little interest)
20- 8:14-day after 10 mile race
Boston Marathon 26.43- 7:30-Garmin activity
*16 total weeks preceding Boston- 905 miles total/ avg. 56 mpw/peak 70
*I used these paces in training.
MP-7:35-7:40, HMP-7:20, 10K 6:55-7:00, 5K 6:45ish
*I only ran one race- 10 mile at 7:17 untapered and in the peak of my training 5 weeks out from Boston.
*I skipped A LOT of speedwork and instead opted for A LOT of miles near MP. Of my 86 runs, 64 of them averaged under 8 minutes. My slowest run of the ENTIRE training cycle was a 5 mile recovery run at 8:20. Next slowest, a 17 mile at 8:19. On the flipside, my fastest mile was 6:27 and I ran VERY FEW miles around this pace. Many many many runs done at a similar effort (usually only one harder day/week) so not the hard/easy approach.
*favorite part of training-long runs. For the most part, I gradually seemed to get stronger as I got more miles into my run. I felt my endurance was one of my biggest strengths.
*I had a goal for Boston. 3:20. I was very confident on race morning that I would achieve this goal but my confidence came more from the fact that I knew I could hold MP than from how fast I could run a speed session.
18- 7:52-harder effort for 12, SIGNIFICANT break at mile 15, plodded in the last 3
.37 miles- Hurt foot
18- 8:41-5K earlier in the day-ran with a friend
20- 8:12-felt like crap after 16
22-out the door for this now!
18 or HM race?
HM-tentatively planning to pace friend at my MP as part of LR or race?
*First half of training- 451 total miles (1 entire week off for a foot) Avg. 56 mpw but if to exclude the missing week avg. 64. (Already tired of analyzing)
*Using these paces for training. Not necessarily what I could run for each distance but the paces I'm using.
MP-7:25, HMP-7:00, 10K-6:45, 5K- 6:25
*ran 1 race-5K (ran another 5K but before training started). 20:08. Big PR for me and 19:52 on my Garmin at 3.1. A milestone I've never come close to and I'm certain I could not have done this in my Boston training.
*running A LOT more speed workouts and at a harder effort. Fastest mile 6:18 (unsure if I've gone faster than this on the TM??) and I almost died(don't mock me you speed demons, this is like freakin' jet speed for me-ha!)However, running sub 7 miles every week now. Slowest run 8:57 avg. and a great deal of runs with an average over 8 minutes.
*struggling in long runs with my endurance....also struggling with my confidence in holding MP.
*currently no set goal for Grandma's.
Hmmmmm..........OK-back to the rambles!!!!