I'm finishing my fourth week of one of Hal Higdon's 18 week marathon training programs, and so far it is going pretty well. I'm doing a customized version of the program, based on the advise of my doctor and allowing for my shift work schedule.
At the beginning of the program i was already comfortable with fairly long distances, and my doctor didn't think it was the best idea for me to take the huge mileage drop that week one of the program would have entailed for me. This program uses a four week cycle that becomes, by the end, three weeks of gain followed by a step-back week for recovery. Based on my current numbers, what made me most sense was to kinda dove-tail the program so that the end of the first gain cycle is essentially my first step-back week. So, yesterday's long run was my personal best for distance, and the last big surge before I switch to the program's prescribed weekly milage almost entirely.
I was running shortly after 6:30 yesterday morning, it didn't really get hot until toward the end of the run. If these numbers are an indication (and they are consistent with the speeds I maintain at distances beyond half-marathons), it is going to take me four hours and twenty minutes to complete my first marathon this October. Not exactly setting the world in fire. But I'm taking Higdon's advise to heart: your first marathon is all about setting a base time you can improve on in subsequent marathons. The first time out, just concentrate on finishing. Don't worry too much about your time.
Yesterday's 18 miler took all I had. I cannot imagine running another eight miles beyond
yesterday's distance. And yet that is what I have committed to do on the last Saturday of this coming October. It feels overwhelming, although Intellectually, I know that it is just a matter of doing the work ... logging the miles. I can remember a time when ten miles seemed like a goal I would never reach. Now ten miles is my most comfortable and preferred distance to run for fun. If long distance running has taught me anything, it's that hard work and dedication make most things obtainable in time. It would seem that in most things, the main obstacle between myself and my goals is the chorus of "can't" that takes place between my ears. #Running #Marathon #MarathonTraining #Higdon #HalHigdon