Good morning!! It has been a busy couple weeks and I am just now getting a couple minutes to check in with the blog. I honestly don't understand how people train at a high level (80, 90, 100 miles a week) and manage to work a full time job. Now that I am in my 40s and work about 50 hours a week, it is a real struggle to find time to do my 55 to 60 miles. I have also been dealing with my usual achilles tendon issues so that I spend a fair amount of time with my feet in a bucket of ice water. I honestly wouldn't have it any other way except for maybe a little less discomfort.
Anyway.. just about everything has been going pretty well in my preparation for the Cleveland Marathon in mid May. I do have this half marahon coming up in less than 2 weeks, but am going to run right through it without a taper or change in training. I have managed to get in some quality speed work the last 2 weeks and even ran with the Hanson's group last Thursday. Their 8 mile loop is run by some of the strongest runners in the area and last week was no different. It was a perfect night for running and the lead group of about 6 runners took off at around 6:25 per mile pace. I had already run a fairly hard 10k on lunch so this was even more difficult than usual. About 4 miles into the run, 2 guys broke away and I had nothing in my legs to chase them. I maintained mid to low 6:20s for the 8 miles and finished just under 51 minutes. I have also managed to get in 3 long runs on the trails of 19.5, 17, and 16 miles. They have all been at pretty slow paces, but have helped me to be out there on my feet a long time in preparation for the marathon. The goal for the marathon has not changed as I really think under the right conditions I can get that 4th sub 3 hour marathon. It can't hurt, right?
Thanks for stopping by and best of luck with your running!
As motivation, I am posting a picture from my last sub 3 hour marathon in 2009.