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Marine Corps Marathon: One Month Out

Posted Sep 25 2012 5:16am

I'm proud of myself. Last week was my first 50-mile week EVER.

I tried reading "Run Less, Run Faster" earlier this year but there were too many formulas in there for me. I get confused -- same thing with Crossfit Endurance. 

So...I said, screw it. I noticed Dorothy posting her weekly training mileage -- which is up in the 70s I believe -- and I thought to myself, holy crap I'm not even coming near that.

Obviously, I'm not 3-hour-ish marathoner but I know I can stand to run more -- or perhaps, I can't afford NOT to run more if I want to make this thing happen.

I'm realizing that the more miles I run at a time, the less daunting it seems the next time. Now that I've run 20 miles before wor k, I feel confident that I can do it again (and just might be doing so this Friday.)

Yesterday, I ran 8 miles on my lunch break and then -- shockingly -- kind of wanted to run the 8 miles home just because! Is that weird? It felt weird.

I chose not to run home from work because I don't want to overuse my legs  -- as I had an 11-miler planned for this morning. I figured running that without spacing at least 24 hours in  between another 16 could be bad news.

The last thing I want is an injury. Speaking of legs have been totally cool this year. Thank you legs for not having any knee problems whatsoever! My legs are magical -- as is my back.

Is it a coincidence that I've experienced NO injury after doing 6 months of Crossfit? I must say, it seems to be correlated. I've NEVER been able to train like this without something going whack. So far, nothing. What can I say? THANK YOU Crossfit for this sturdy foundation you've built.

I squeezed in a half marathon with Lindsey as part of my training this year, running it in 1:54.

Anyway, I'm going for another 50+ week this week, which will be easier with a 20-miler in the sched. I considered aiming for 60 but that might be too much. We'll see how the week pans out. The plan
  • Monday: 8
  • Tuesday: 11
  • Wednesday: 5
  • Thursday: 10
  • Friday: 21
  • Saturday: 5
  • Sunday: rest
  • I'm SO curious to see if this higher mileage makes a difference in the race. Additionally, I've been forcing myself to run a faster pace than I ever have during training. Yesterday's 8-miler was done at an 8:30 minute mile average (see RunKeeper pic above, it says 8:40 but I didn't stop the watch for stoplights, etc.)

    Maintaining that speed is really hard for me and I find myself getting so jealous when I see other running bloggers logging training miles in the 7's. I can barely get myself under 8 minutes per mile and I feel like my body is just dragging me down. How can I make this thing go faster without killing myself?

    Does this look like the stride of a sub-4 marathoner? I think not. Seems like most of my pix never look like I'm really killing it.
    The truth is, I'm scared to hope for a sub-4 marathon. reality, I ran the Baltimore Marathon last year in 4:11 . Chopping off at least 11 minutes is SO do-able. I can. I will.

    I had originally planned on continuing with Crossfit WODs at home when I paused my box membership. As expected, I've barely completed any. When I'm running 10+ miles on weekdays, I just don't have it in me to add a WOD. Will this hurt me? I'm only concerned about leg and core strength really.

    One month out, we'll see what worked and what didn't.

    *PSST: Check out Glenn's Full Iron Man recap here!

    QUESTION: What are your training fears or changes this season?
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