I can’t believe that week #4 of my marathon training is over. It’s just a little over 2 more months before the race takes place in Las Vegas Nevada on November 17. My training is progressing well I am extremely pleased with the results so far. I did run for over 20 miles yesterday and the average pace time per mile is matching up with those of my other long runs which is very good. The last 3 miles of the 20 mile run were the fastest miles of the entire run with 9’ 30” / 9’ 13” / 9’ 24” pace times per mile. I had some fuel left in the tank so to speak.
However, my left thigh is “complaining” today and so I will take it easy for another day or two. Nothing too serious though – which is good, but pounding the pavement for over 20 miles is no easy thing and the body has to absorb a lot. So, no wonder the left thigh is “complaining”. A few slower days are just fine with my training schedule given where I am from a fitness level.
Besides doing longer runs every Saturday, I want to mix things up a bit. At one point I want to do a faster run just like the longer run from September 7th where I ran for 14 miles and averaged 9’ 36” minutes per mile. I might aim for an 18 miler and trying a pace of 9’ 45” minutes per mile. Some miles will be slower because I live in a very hilly area, but I want to see how much I can push things.
This last Friday I skipped my beloved Kosama in the morning and I went for an easy pace run instead. I had not been able to go running on Thursday afternoon due to a weather emergency. I live in Colorado and we’re under heavy rains for the last week. We had a leaking window at my house and I wanted to take care of it hoping for a stretch of a few drier hours.
This last week I also did a first dedicated speed workout. It was a bit different to my other workouts and definitely taxing me a bit. Depending on how my thigh feels this week I will do the same thing again.
On Friday I went shopping and bought a pair of Saucony running shorts that were on clearance at a local running store. The shorts have 2 pockets (with zipper) and that is perfect for my needs to carry “fuel” (Gels and Chews) on my training runs and of course for the race. I heard so many different stories about the availability of Gels during a race and so I rather want to carry some of my own. It is easier to carry a couple Gels or Gatorade chews with me and the re-stock from the aid stations during the race. I will discuss my race fueling strategy in a later posting in more detail. I am currently reading another Matt Fitzgerald book called “The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition” which is right on topic as you can tell. Matt’s other book (Racing Weight) goes in the same direction and there is a lot of helpful information that discusses the importance of refueling and especially when to refuel during a race to run at the best performance level.
I will provide a more detailed review about the Saucony Running Shorts in a different posting.
In general I am reading a lot these days. I am a regular at my local public library and I have worked my way through several of their running related books. I feel it is very important to read up about the different aspects of running. There are so many different opinions about training strategy, nutrition, and other items – I want to be able to make up my mind about certain things and especially test things out up front. One thing all these books and authors have in common – do not try something new on race day. The training runs are for experimenting. Call me crazy, but no matter what bigger project I have going in life – I plan and prepare in detail for it and running a marathon is no different.