Archive for March, 2009

Another 20

March 22, 2009

I managed to get through another 20 miler this morning.  I feel fortunate to have had good weather for my long runs during this build up…and hope it holds for 5 more weeks in Nashville (the averages there are 50 for the low and 72 for the high).

The plan for now is to do another 20 miler next Saturday, back off the following Saturday, and do one more two weeks out from the race.  That would give me a 16, an 18, and five 20s.

20…+

March 8, 2009

Friday afternoon when I was leaving the office, I mentioned to a girl I work with (who is running Boston on 4/20) that I’d be running 7ish at 5:45 am with a small group and another 13 at 7:00 am with the rest of the group.

She said that she needed to do 16.

One thing lead to another and I ended up agreeing to run those extra three miles with her…for a total of 23.

We walked a little during  the 13 and a little more during the 3 but my Garmin still tallied 21.62 miles total for me (it doesn’t register any distance covered at less than 18 minutes per mile).

I’ve never gone more than 21 on a training run.  I still felt pretty good when we finished (despite having been in motion for 4 hours and 45 minutes).

I’ll back off to 10 this weekend and then run a hard 20 (@ race pace) in a couple of weeks in order to start formulating a pace/race day time goal.

20 Miler

March 2, 2009

I looked back through my training log (that I’ve been keeping since 7/2000…right after my first marathon) to confirm some thoughts I had regarding past marathon build ups.

Two months out from a marathon I’m typically running long runs of about 14 miles, not 20!  The 20 miler I did this weekend went well.  I’m “off schedule” with regards to my group’s flat/hill rotation.  We run the trail (flat) and the roads (hilly) on alternating Saturdays.  For some reason, my long runs have been coinciding with the “hilly” Saturday…which is fine, I guess, but painful.  I’m going to knock out another 20 miler this Saturday that will be flat.  That’ll let me compare my current fitness level with prior build ups.

Schedule adjustment:

20
20
14
21
22
16
20
7
Race