I did my first long run of this training cycle today. And it was much better than I thought it would be. The book, Advance Marathoning, says I should I be doing my long runs 30-45 seconds slower than marathon pace. At least, I think that is where I got that from. As I said here, I haven't really read the book. But I have, since my last post, skimmed it.
I started in on the second week of the 70 or less peak mile 12 week program. It said to do a 17 mile training run this week. So that is what I did and it was spot on at 8:29 pace per mile. And damn, it was pretty hard but I could have gone a few more miles if needed. I just have this habit on my long training runs of zoning out and it is hard to zone out when I have to focus on maintaining a pace. When running, I like to think about everything but running.
Being ambititous though, and mostly because the kids begged me, I went to the gym and did a 5K on the treadmill a few seconds below marathon pace (which is just shy of an 8 minute mile, btw). So a double today.
Now, I am beat and I doubt if I will even hit the projected 55 mpw for this week--having taken Sunday and Tuesday completely off. I am at 30 mpw now having done 10 miles on Monday (and another double with cross training and weights in the afternoon). I think I followed the subscribed workout that day but really, if I am being honest, this book is way more technical than I care to be: VO2 max, lactic threshold, general aerobic runs and all that.
And, I really hate it when they talk miles for the most part but then put these interval or speed workouts in meters. I don't do metric. It makes me have to think more than I want to (see a theme here?). Give me a poem to deconstruct but to have to pause and do meter vs mile math in my head? No thanks. Why can't they just say run a 1/2 mile at 5k pace? I feel like they asssume everyone has come to marathoning from a track. I totally lose interest when I see the meters or anything having to do with VO2 max or lactic threshold workouts.
I love to run but books like Advance Marathoning; I am thinking take the pleasure out of it. I guess maybe I like to be surprised at what I can do. You know, train all helter skelter and show up race day and kick ass or if not; not care because it wasn't like I really tried.
Oh well, still pushing on with it though. Maybe if I have sucess I will be more of a believer.