Next race….?

Since my last marathon in July, I’ve had mixed feelings about my next marathon. Seem to feel less excited about the entire process; developing the running schedule, finding a race and beginning the mile ramp up. Perhaps it was the post marathon blues. But these blues lasted well past a few wees. It’s not that I’m losing motivation… ok maybe I am.

Should I take some time off, give training and racing a rest for awhile..?

tired-runnerA few arguments on this side:

  • Maybe 2014 will deliver a new, fresh perspective….
  • Taking a break would allow my body to fully ‘recover’, heal
  • I can focus the time I would spend on training on something else, like my ‘slowly’ emerging small business.

Or maybe I just need a new ‘approach’ to the entire enterprise that is called “marathon training”.

During August, I debated these questions in my head and darted back in forth about what I want to do next. But while I considered my next move, I did take the step to start, slowly, ramping up miles and developed a rough training schedule.

Not exactly sure when or how I found peace in making a decision but I did, about a month ago.

It may have helped that I found a race that satisfied my key requirements:

  • I wanted to fully train, 18 weeks
  • A flat, fast course to help hit my BQ
  • Geographically (sort of) close to our NW home.

The race I am now targeting is the California International Marathon (CIM). I’m following a full 18 week training schedule. Been years since I’ve done that, since I usually under train for the first marathon of the year(May) then 8-12 later (summer), I’ll run a second and 8 weeks later (Fall) my 3rd of the year. This time, my focus is just one race.

I REALLY hope not to repeat mistakes of the past. A few of these mistakes include, not enough:

  • training. (weekly and total miles) No more 12 week plans.
  • speed work. BQ requires tempo, interval and stride runs.
  • thought into race day fueling and hydration strategy. And following it

The biggest change in this current training schedule is the total weekly miles. Many races I’ve run a few 40 mile weeks and peaked mid 40s or a few times peaked at one 50 (weekly) miles. This time I’ll run five 50+ mile weeks.

So, far so good. The last two weeks legs been tired but I feel stronger. Fingers crossed the body doesn’t revolt from the speed and extra miles in this training plan.

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About Scott

Training to qualify for the Boston Marathon and simplify our life, as a stay at home dad.
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