The marathon training has started. I will dial it up with what seems to have worked in the past and do the best I can. It has been over 10 years since I specifically trained for a marathon. There is no doubt the speed has diminished. I should not be shocked by this, but my brain acts dumb at times. I tend to not focus on a lot of long runs. I am happy to get several in otherwise I am just spent. I am going back to the old standard of checking the resting heart rate first thing in the morning. I hope I have the courage to understand what it means. In a nutshell I try and do the easier runs about 40-80 seconds slower than marathon pace, do a fair amount of running at marathon pace, run 5-10% below marathon pace, and rest. It can be a balancing act because you have to mimic marathon racing, but not get to carried away at times. Was a time I could go bonkers-Zulu, but not too much these days.
Part of me thinks I let myself get slow, but this isn't true. I am always in pretty good shape and I'll admit I have leaned towards more pedestrian efforts in training. I believe that will bring longevity. I am slowly focusing on my weight. I ran Madison in 3:15:58 this past November at 179 pounds. I vowed I would not run my next marathon that big and I am glad to report this morning I am 172 pounds. That has always been a good weight for me, but my PR at Boston in 2002 had me at 162 pounds. I would like to get and hold at around 165.
7/11 - 10.3 (7:52)
7/11 - 4.8 (9:25)
7/12 - 4.7 (9:37)
7/13 - 4.0 (9:59) HR 58
7/14 - 6.0 (9:23) HR 56
7/15 - 8.0 (9:16) HR 55
7/16 - 10.0 (8:11) HR 57
7/17 - 8.0 w/ 4 x 1 mile w/ 1 lap jog in 6:34, 6:33, 6:29, 6:35 HR 58
7/18 - 11.5 (8:27) HR 57, I died at 7 miles, extremely humid
I will need to average 7:14 per mile to slip under 3:10. Lakefront is October 4th. I found out you can submit another time to Boston after you are registered. Not sure it will be beneficial, but if I run a faster time perhaps I will try and move up. I have not decided at this point if I will race Boston, or "take it all in." For now I want to stay fit and get to the starting line.