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  • bqx40 12:25 pm on July 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The First Moment of Truth / Doubt #nycm #running 

    I don’t know if it’s a prioritization thing or a psychological thing, but I have yet to fill out my training plan completely, either in my RunningAhead.com Training Plan or in my Google Docs spreadsheet.

    Last week featured back-to-back 11 and 13 milers, ending with a 15 miler at the end of the week.

    Wednesday (tomorrow) and Sunday this week and next feature a 14 miler and an 18 miler.  Those seem pretty daunting at this point.

    It’s not the distance or weekly volume that has me apprehensive. I’ve went as far as 23 miles in training runs before. My plans have peaked with a few consecutive weeks around 80 miles per week. With this plan, my first 20 miler is still weeks away, and the plan peaks at 70 miles per week.

    One difference is that this plan is structured differently: My former (often improvised) 80+ mile plans consisted of lots of “doubles”: 2 runs in a day. It’s a little easier to squeeze in workouts when you do 7 miles, 5 miles, etc… then one 20 miler. I’m also trying to stay fairly faithful to the up-tempo and marathon pace long run schedule (so far).

    Another possible difference is that my work and family schedule have made me favor (almost exclusively) the early morning run. I was doing outdoor runs for some of those, but the excessively humid air on the one cool day in the middle of a long hot streak was so laden with gnats that I really haven’t had the interest in getting back out there in the darkness until it cools off a little.

    That leaves me running on the treadmill, and for the interest of time, the treadmill downstairs.

    For 2+ hours.

    Twice a week.

    Maybe I’ll venture outside tomorrow morning.

    Two 2+ hour runs on a treadmill in the same week.

  • bqx40 6:07 am on March 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    5k strategy for Anthem 

    • Line up in view of starting line. Lookout for anyone with a music playing device, especially if larger than an iPod nano. These participants are in it for the long haul. They will also likely drop their player right at the start.
    • Run a sustainable-without-throwing-up pace for the first mile.
    • Mile 2: Tell the doubt in your head to be quiet.
    • Mile 3: That person 50 yards in front of you needs to be chased down. (insert motivation here)
    • last tenth: This is the medieval, charging the battlefield stretch. Close those final 500+ yards as hard as you can.

    Good luck.

  • bqx40 7:07 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Best advice I’ve received on “What’s my marathon goal?” 

    I asked what’s my marathon goal:

    I have no clue what I can really go for as far as a Marathon time goes.


    • 3 months of 260+ mile months
    • 20:52 5k PR in September in warm (humid and 79) conditions.
    • Very manageable 58:46 8-mile tempo (10-miles total in 1:17:46) yesterday
    • Marathon on November 7 in Indianapolis.

    My only hesitation is that I really didn’t have many recent longer medium/hard workouts (beyond 2-3 miles of faster running) until yesterday.
    I assume that in the right conditions, 3:39 is too soft a target.  I was thinking to stretch for 3:30, but now I’m looking at what I’ve accomplished and started thinking that *not stretching* for something faster would be a complete waste of my training.

    Any thoughts?

    My favorite response:

    Does it really matter? I’m not being a wiseass, seriously, does having a bunch of yahoos on the internet try to narrow the target really make people feel better?

    I think if you’re actually well trained then you probably have a really solid idea what you’re capable of–within a small range. But even if you don’t…you’re going to run what you’re capable of as long as you don’t do anything stupid like stick to a preconcieved pacing plan that takes you out too fast even though your body is telling you it’s too fast (or at least it would be if you’d listen to it instead of staring at your pace pracelet and garmin.)

    Do this: when the race starts, go out at a pace you feel like is about the fastest you can maintain for 26.2 miles or so. Take constant inventory of your body and your surroundings. At the end you sould expect it to get quite hard. When this happens, just go like hell until someone wraps you in mylar.

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