Training team is a big group, ninety nine have signed up. The pack look massive when we took off running. No pic fail - like my feet are more interesting lol
My first few miles I was looking around for someone to pace with, and honestly I didn't think I would find anyone, the only group in my sight was going faster than I could maintain. A very nice lady who has been part of team in previous years, dropped back and started chatting. She could probably hear my huffing and puffing lol We picked up a younger gal who was running about my speed, and discovered she had just ran her first marathon the same day I did the Richmond half. She is signed up for for the road race I have been thinking about doing. I am hopeful she will there this week and we can run together again. We ticked off the miles last week with no one else even in sight. This could be a decision tipper toward the road race. It would be great to have someone I did training runs with to actually start the event with. I rarely ever have anyone at a race I know.
During my half training cycle, I rarely ran back to back days at all. Most weeks were three runs, and my fourth run was really only a treadmill warm up that was 1-3 miles at the most before a weight session.
I don't want to overwhelm myself with to many goals, other than survival for training, but I do think a few key changes may really help.
Last week, I decided I need those back to back days, so I will add in a fourth run day. Since training team will be on Saturdays, I will do some type of recovery run on Sunday, of at least three or four miles. I need to make my tired legs work.
This past Sunday was a pretty, sunny, inviting run day, so I did the hillier side of my neighborhood and knocked out four easy pace miles.
The wind was roaring a bit Sunday, but I didn't mind.
Hear the wind :)
I hope adding in the extra run will help my overall strength.A time goal is not part of the process when I think about running a marathon, but I am trying to focus on a few small changes I can make to improve my overall strength and get me to the finish line.
This little tidbit from firstname.lastname@example.org came to my inbox today when I was trying to weed through what is most important for training.
"One last thing I wanted to pass along is a strategy I have used for years and helped me droop nearly 25 minutes off my marathon time. You may already do strides. They are short bursts of about 100 meters and are too short to build up any lactic acid in your legs. What they do is recruit more fast twitch muscle fibers. The more of these your body can utilize the faster you will run and with less effort.
The secret is something you don't notice. If you do 5-6x100m strides after two of your easy runs throughout the week, over months you will have spent MILES at sprint speed."
How do you all feel about doing strides through out a long run? toward the end of a run? If you do them have they really benefited you?
Would you do the recovery run on Sundays?