Well first off, thanks again to everyone who commented on my race report!!
Nailing that half-marathon was just a huge relief for me. Not just getting the whole “Brooklyn Half” monkey off my back, but also having a race that clearly showed me where I was at with Chicago training starting in 2 weeks-it was, as the post title says, the final piece of the puzzle of figuring out training.
So yeah, you all remember a few posts back, I’m racking my brain trying to figure out what to do in terms of a training plan, and thinking I need to try something new and different. But then after the half I realized-I ran a pretty decent half time without crazy mileage. I will admit, my weekly mileage was not high-high 20s for the most part, going over 30 one week. I did make sure to get the long runs in, so I was prepared there.
And got me thinking back to 2008. The year of what is still my best marathon to date-my 3:44:14 in NYC. I felt my training went very well that year: “…topped out at a 47 mile week, with 6 weeks where my mileage was at least 40, and again, 3 20-milers.” For the most part, running 5 days a week (maybe one or 2 weeks where it was 6 days?), the weeks consisting of a speed workout, a long run and 3 easy runs, and also cross-training. And when you figure the 3:44 was on a hilly course and I will have the advantage of a flat course this time…and oh yeah, the half-marathon time I ran on a flat course after 2 1/2 months of training was nearly identical to one I ran this weekend on a hilly course with much less mileage…
I think you may know where I’m going with this. In terms of mileage, I’ll be channeling my 2008 marathon training season. Going for quality over quantity. I know quite a few of you may not agree with this approach and feel I should really be upping the mileage-but well I did that last year and you know how that turned out. I think one change I will be making though, will be to swap one of those easy runs for a tempo/2nd speed workout…again, the whole quality over quantity “thang.”
Only one thing I will still need to figure out…I would like to run the Philly Distance Run (sorry I refuse to refer to it as its “new” name) at marathon pace as sort of dress rehearsal for the big day, but it falls on a weekend where my last 20 should be-if I do a 3-week taper. Any thoughts on my last 20 being 2 weeks out? Or 4 weeks out?
As for now…just having fun these next coupla weeks. Come June 7th, it’s go time…