Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Final Thoughts

Okay, so the race is over. Sorry for the delay in posting my final thoughts on the Hanson Brothers Program, but I had a death in the family a few hours after I finished the marathon so I have been otherwise occupied.

First question - did I feel adequately prepared for the marathon?
Answer - Yes, I think I did. I dont think that only runnin a maximum of 17 miles hurt me that much. Do I think it hurt me - probably a little.

Second question - What are the downfalls of the program as I see it?
Answer - I think it needs more mileage. I ran an average of about 50 miles for the last 4 months of training. I really wish I had ran closer to 60. For me, that was more about time commitment than a willingness to run or fatigue or anything like that. I just have too much other stuff going on to fit in more than about 50-5 miles a week.

Third Question - How did I do?
Answer - I was very happy with my marathon. But... I also went out too fast. I wanted to qualify for Boston, but in the back of my head kind of knew that a 7:40 pace was a lot for me. My best previous marathon was an 8:30 pace and that's a big difference. I held the pace for about 16 miles and then my feet just felt like lead. My legs - quads, calves - felt fine, but my feet felt heavy. I was still able to run pretty comfortably, but my pace dropped to 8:40ish for the rest of the race. I also didnt drink enough - stopped sweating at mile 21 so had to replenish over the next few water stops. But I was happy with it overall. My only wonder would be whether I think I could have maybe started at a 3:30 (8:00mpm) pace and held that the entire time. I think I probably could have and in retrospect would have been better off going that route.

All in all, I was happy with the program, but I think that if I do another marathon (not for at least a couple years) I'm not sure if I would skip the 20 milers, if not just for the extra mileage that it gets in. I would probably not worry about them if I could get my weekly average up over 65 miles per week.

That's all for this blog. Marathon done - now time for some rest and running cause I want to, not because it's part of a plan.

Monday, October 18, 2010


virginia facts

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Last hard workout

till the marathon, and it wasnt even has hard as it should have been. I had planned on doing 10-12 miles today with 8-10 of them at marathon pace. Instead, I only did 5 because I was too tired and woke up REALLY late. I did do 3 of them at marathon pace.

Only 11 days left now, so all my runs will be easy from here on out. It's just a matter of how long the easy runs will be I guess. I would still like to make 45 miles this week, but dont know if that will happen. At this point, no workout will really affect how I do in the marathon, it's more just a matter of resting, but not losing fitness at the same time.

Tomorrow I'm not sure how many I'll get in because my wife is working so no run in the morning, but I'll try to get something in at lunch. I would love to get a few good 10 or 12 milers in this weekend and then shorter runs next week as we lead into the race.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Long time since...

I have done intervals. I think it has been almost a month. This morning I decided to throw some out there. I was limited as to the amount of time I had so I only did 4 of them at a 7:15 pace, but I'm still glad I did them.

Also, it was pouring out so I did them on the treadmill. I was dripping in sweat by the time I was done. Not so much because of the effort, but that it was just damn hot in the gym.

Rest day tomorrow. I have to drop the kids off early at school and get to work for an awards presentation, then leave to try to get into Boston for a 9:00 meeting.

Wednesday I will try for my last marathon pace run - at least my last long one before the marathon. Next week I may do 1-2 miles at marathon pace just to remind my body what it feels like, but I would like to get a good one in on Wednesday.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Two weeks to go

Two weeks to go and my various injuries that I've had through training now have me worried. I think my training has me adequately prepared to run the 26.2, I am more worried about holding my BQ pace of 7:40mpm.

50 miles this week, probably down to 40 or so next week as I taper down and rest up my legs. The week leading up to the race I plan to run about 20 miles (not including the race itself).

I did a 10+ miler this morning. It was supposed to be 12 but a friend that I was supposed to run with blew me off and I wasted 20 minutes waiting in front of her dark house at 6:00. So I cut the run short a bit.