Instead of me telling you about my workouts or lack of for last week, I have decided this week I am going to tell you about my plan for my up coming training session. Today marked day 1 of fall marathon training. I am still undecided between 2 half marathons but I figured I might as well get ready. I still plan on going for a PR and I plan on using what I learned in the Pittsburgh Half Marathon to help me. One thing a lot of us, myself included took for granted was the weather. We trained in the cold and never really had a humid day, then on race day we got hit with a hot, humid day. This training cycle I still plan on using a modified version of the Hal Higdon method but I am going to change up the mileage and make the speed days more intense. Since the race will be in the fall I plan on training in both hot and cold temperatures. I will run on a treadmill in the AC on blast to simulate the cold and I will run outside in the normal heat.
Today I ran a 5K just to see what a good training time to go off would be. I ran a comfortable pace of 8:25 and that is the time I plan on using for my easy pace. Long runs will be done at no more than a 9 minute pace and speed workouts will be in the low 7's. What is the old saying? It's not how many times you get knocked down, it's how many times you can keep getting back up. Well I have been down and at times I thought I was out, but I always found a way to get up and move forward. This is my time now. I finally am back to full health. I finally am moved into my house, and I finally have my confidence back. Now it is time to put everything I have learned over the years and really give it my all.
How was your 4th of July Weekend? Did you run a race?
When do you start training for a fall race?