Week 4: Establishing the ground game on the road to the Marine Corps Marathon.
I’m now almost 25% of the way through my training for DC, and now seemed as good a time as any to take a quick pause and review how things are going.
So, without further ado:
Progress Against Plan:
Following the disappointment of the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon, I had a choice between sticking with the Hansons Marathon Method I had been following for the first time, try something else, or revert to what had gotten me through my first 9 marathons. In the end, I decided to persevere with the Hanson plan. I really like the thinking and science behind it, and in any case, it was me and not the plan that ran a poor race. I’ve put in a few tweaks and modifications, and with nearly 180 miles under my belt in month 1, and some speed and tempo work on-going, I’m feeling strong. More on the plan in a later post.
It’s hard to run 6 days a week (especially at my advanced age ;)) without feeling a few aches and pains – soreness and twinges are to be expected. The good news is that so far (and I know this can change with literally one wrong step), nothing more sinister has reared its head. I’m getting a bi-weekly runners focused massage which is so good I cannot believe I ran for nearly 6 years before I wised-up to how awesome it is. It’s really helping keep me loose and my muscles ‘juicy’ as my therapist Leah would say. Love it.
As I indicated in a previous post, I was more than a little naffed off after my last marathon, so it was important for me to get back into my groove quickly, and with a positive and upbeat frame of mind. I think I’ve achieved that so far, which is important, because if you can’t be positive and upbeat at the beginning of an 18 week training cycle, then it’s a pretty sure bet you’re going to struggle when things start to get tough around weeks 12 and 13. I’m just concentrating on training well, and enjoying my running again. All good things can flow from that.
There are definitely a few things I could do with tightening up. I have still not cracked the early morning running I talked about in this post, and I know I could do a better job of stuff like post run icing and stretching. My diet could also be better. On the plus side, I’m paying more attention to in-run hydration and nutrition, which is going to be helpful when it comes to showtime in October. I’ve never really cracked the best way to stay fed and watered on race day, so I’m definitely focused on trying to figure that out for once and all.
At the end of the day, the purpose of this update is just to say that I really wanted to get off to a solid start and (no pun intended), hit the ground running. Committing to an 18 week training program is one of the funnest, hardest, most challenging and most rewarding things about running marathons, and I’m glad to have you along for the ride.
Let’s all keep moving.
My numbers for last week:
And for my plan to date: