This week was 77 miles of “real running” and 16 “miles” pool running, no swimming breathing drills -- training log is here.
The first half of this week was focused on recovery from my half-marathon, which I actually bounced back pretty quickly from – I’ll give equal credit to the fact that the course was flat and that higher weekly mileage makes for a quick recovery. I also used the first part of this week to do a three day (Sunday-Tuesday) course of antibiotics to try to finally kick the bug I’ve been fighting for forever. Essentially, the opinion of my ENT was that I’ve got a mild but persistent sinus infection, and it wasn’t going to clear without the drugs. I hate antibiotics, but they’re a necessary evil in cases like this. And this has gone on for well over a month.
So did the drugs, recovered from the race, and returned to training, with a focus now towards my marathon – this is my peak training time before taper. Of course, I still have no idea what to target for for my marathon goal time. My half last weekend was run in conditions that make it pretty much useless as a predictor (unless Philly’s like that….please no). My workouts and shorter races point at certain times, but I know better than to use that.
So, proposed 3:10 as a goal time to my coach, the idea being that it’s a conservative but not totally sandbagging time. And I do want to be conservative, since a) it’s my first marathon and b) between the darn sinus infection and insane work demands, I haven’t had the best training fall. And we decided that I could go out pacing for that time, and then re-evaluate after the half-way point whether it was too conservative and I needed to up.
Thus, I ran my long run this weekend trying to lock in 7:15 as my marathon pace, and it just felt wrong – way too easy (famous last words, perhaps? I hope not). In the end, I ended up running quicker, and still finished my long run feeling like I could have run another 5 miles at a faster pace without much issue.
While having MP feel really easy is a nice problem to have, it’s making me think that perhaps the MP I’m locking in is overly conservative and sandbagging. Hmm. I’ll wait a few days, and see how I feel after this long run, and then discuss with coach. And far better to run these final long runs on the slow side then to practice an overambitious “MP” that I have little hope of actually sustaining on race day (and dig myself into a hole while doing so).