This training cycle has undoubtedly been… different.
First, the numbers…
[excluding race week]
[stats from my last training cycle shown in red]
# weeks: 18 
# runs: 111 
total distance: 1370 KM (851.3 mi) [1547.9 (961.8)]
average run distance: 12.3 KM (7.6 mi) [13.2 (8.2)]
total time: 5 days, 6 hours, 41 minutes [5 days, 23 hours, 31 minutes]
average pace: 5:33/KM (8:55/mi) [5:34/KM (8:57/mi)]
average overall weekly mileage: 76.1 KM (47.3 mi) [86.0 (53.4)]
weekly avg. excl. recovery/taper (13 weeks): 84.9 KM (52.8 mi) [92.8 (57.7)]
highest weekly mileage: 95.5 KM (59.3 mi) [105.0 (65.2)]
highest monthly mileage: 369.7 KM (229.7 mi) [415.3 (258.07)]
# runs 30K (18.6mi) or more: 9 
# runs 32K (20mi) or more: 6 
longest run: 35.0 KM (21.7 mi) [42.2 (26.2)]
races: 10 – two 5Ks (both PRs), two 10Ks, two half marathons (one PR), one 30K (PR), one duathlon, two triathlons [6 – one 5K (PR), one 10K (PR), two half marathons (one PR), one 30K, one marathon (PR)]
Beyond the numbers…
Early this summer I got distracted by something new and finally answered a call from “the dark side.” I supplemented my running with cycling and swimming, and caught myself losing some of my marathon mojo in the process.
The heat and humidity were beating me down all summer long and I also had several setbacks (infected nail bed, sinus infection, hamstring, ankle), missing far more runs than I ever have before. My mileage suffered and my quality workouts just weren’t as strong.
I continued tackling the training plan, trying to make the most of it and adjusting week-by-week to accommodate the
cross tri training. I was having fun, but often feeling guilty for neglecting my run. Several people assured me that it was okay to let marathon training take a back seat after the killer training cycle and BQ race I had just completed, but I still felt conflicted.
Six weeks or so ago I would have said I had zero hope at a marathon PR this time. But then a ran a few races (including half marathon and 30K PRs), which indicated that I might be in better shape than I thought. I still think it’s only a slim chance, but if things come together on race day as they sometimes do, I’d say I at least have a shot.
It’s a bit disappointing going into my “A” race without a concrete time goal and confidence in that goal, but it’s also refreshing. I will show up at that start line ready to run and give it all I have. I have no idea how it will turn out, but do we ever?? Hopefully I will finish marathon # 9 with a smile on my face and pride in what I have accomplished this year, regardless of the time on the clock.
At the very least, I will celebrate the fact that the next marathon finish line I cross will be this one.
|Look what came in the mail yesterday!|
With all that being said, I may not have any specific expectations in terms of finishing time this weekend (and still haven’t figured out a race plan) but I do have an idea of what I hope to achieve. Is it realistic? Time will tell.
C “upright & smiling”
Live tracking at http://sportstats.ca/ – bib # 2798
2 more sleeps!