The shorter runs, speed workouts, and hill runs have gone really well. But, truth be told, I've had to push myself to get my long runs in. If we don't count the long run I cut short because heat exhaustion was a very real possibility, I've only done one run over 10 miles in the last three weeks. (I did some rearranging, too, to accommodate a lovely weekend getaway.) There's a part of me that's very chill about the whole thing because I can run the marathon distance -- the three finisher's medals prove it.
But, after Providence, I want to run 26.2 miles well.
I want a PR.
I want to get closer to a BQ time.
I want to be faster than Oprah and Sarah Palin.
I can say "I'll put in the miles in August and September" but now's the time to really work on becoming a stronger and faster runner.
Out of the 17 planned weeks of training, I've completed three and will be moving onto Week 4. This time around, I used the Smart Coach tool from Runner's World to build a plan to get me across the finish line in just over fours. Given my current PR, it's ambitious. But, if I put in the work, I should be able to reach my goal.
|Weeks 1-6 of my plan|
Monday - 6 miles
Tuesday - Rest
Wednesday - 6 miles
Thursday - 5 miles AM/swimming PM*
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 14 miles
Sunday - XT
*I've decided to take the plunge into the world of triathlons...except how I look more like a drowning turtle when I swim. I think the swimming classes have started to correct that.
It's going to be a fun next few months!