First of all, the good news: I’m not sick anymore and feeling good! Perfect since the marathon is right around the corner. I think now is a good time to review this training cycle!
Marathon trained started: May 28, 2012
Training weeks: 18 (4 months)
Total miles run: 345
- highest weekly mileage: 41
- lowest weekly mileage: 14.15
- average weekly mileage: 26.2 – Don’t you think that is a sign!!!??
Average # of Runs per week: 4.4
PR’s run: 2 (24:26 and then 24:24 in the 5k distance)
Massages: bi-monthly Sundays
Fun Fact: Since I trained for the same race this year than last year, I really enjoyed comparing each week. It was a great motivation to see how much I improved compared to last year.
Best run: My last 20 miler – perfect run with a perfect pace (9:42)! You can read more HERE.
My last 20 miler was amazing and it made me hopeful for a really good race. Last year I ran the exact same 20 miler with a 10:07 pace and that turned out to be my marathon pace! Let’s hope it will happen again this year!
A Goal: Sub 4:15 (Amazing PR of 10 minute)
B Goal: PR (anything less than 4:24:55)
C Goal: Finish strong and have fun!
I will start out with the 4:10 pacer (9:30 pace) and hope to stay with the pacer as long as possible. Ideally I can hang on until mile 20, that would allow me to take it easy the last 6 miles. If I have to separate earlier that is ok too.
Some of you might be surprised to see I go out faster than I expect to finish. The reason is that according to McMillan I can run a sub 4 hour marathon. But I’m not sure if I can really do it, the fast pace scares me. I prefer to set a realistic goal, which I know I can do on a good day and still have fun! I’m not one of those runners who can finish a cruel marathon. I don’t like pain
I’m confident I can run a 9:30 pace , I did it at the last 20 miler. Plus the race course is super flat and the temperatures are much lower now. I just have to believe and run… run fast! Yes, I can do this!