To say that my training for my first marathon was lacking in creativity and variety would be a bit of an understatement. Got my Hal Higdon training program off the internet, and when DoubleH (that’s how I refer to Hal …. we’re pretty tight) told me to run, I ran. Pretty much always at the same pace, on pretty much the same routes, with pretty much the same results. Not much speed-up, and very little (intentional) slow-down.
This time around I’m determined to mix things up a bit. Not just out of boredom, but rather because of all the blog posts and articles I’ve read documenting how this will improve the overall training effectiveness, (hopefully) improve my finish time, and (EXTREMELY HOPEFULLY!!! ALL CAPS WITH MANY EXCLAMATION POINTS AND EMPHATIC KEYBOARD STRIKING) keep me away from my orthopedist. I’d like to slow down his early retirement plan if I can.
The first significant change I’ve made is trying to work a tempo run into the mix each week. I am by no means an expert on the proper approach to a tempo run, but I try and do 1-2 miles at my target marathon pace, then 3-4 miles at my best guess of my 5k pace (haven’t run one yet, but would target somewhere between 7:00 and 7:30 pace), and then 1-2 miles at a pace somewhere between marathon and 5k. Yesterday was my second tempo run for M2 training, and I’m finding I REALLY like doing these.
Interval training will be my next big adventure, but I need to put some more planning into the Navy-seal tactics required to actually get on a track around here and get a run done without the running police throwing me in running jail. Viva la revolucion!
With our vacation getting started in just a few days, I had to switch up and stack up my training for the end of the week, so I went to the gym this morning to lift, and assuming all hell doesn’t break loose at work, I’ll be doing about 7 miles this afternoon. Currently 92 degrees, and the hourly forecast shows 94 with 52% humidity at run time. Should be Sweatacular.