February 23, 2015
As I start this post I am 5 days away from my race. I trained for months, actually years for the chance to finally race a marathon. This will be my sixth marathon. My first marathon was focused on completion. My second marathon… well that’s a story I’m almost ready to write about. Let’s just say it resulted in a DNF (did not finish). Number three was clearly focused on completion. The fourth marathon was a successful Boston Marathon qualifier at the Santa Rosa Marathon. My fourth marathon also gave me a story. That race and the two weeks leading up to it were surreal and brutally difficult (…And Now Boston). The Holy Grail of races was my fifth marathon. The Boston Marathon. I was in the best shape of my life and ready for some redemption. In 2012, the Boston Marathon hit a record high temperature of 90 degrees. It was very difficult to ‘race’.
So here I am. All of the suggested runs, interval training, long runs, rest days, massages and core training is done and I am tapering into the race. Throughout training you run long runs at a minute a mile slower than your GMP (goal marathon pace), complete tempo runs with intervals at your goal pace and do track workouts with varying distances at/or faster than your GMP. How does this actually get me to run at my goal for 26.2 miles? Honestly, I’m beyond excited to see how this works! I need a little pay off for my hard work. Bring it on!
March 2st, 2015 ~ Napa Valley Marathon
(Today marks the 14 year anniversary of my first marathon. It’s a pretty big deal in our house.)
The Napa Valley Marathon was yesterday and I still don’t have an answer when it comes to training and its translation. My race was successful in the two most important ways. First and foremost I re-qualified for the Boston Marathon and so did my hubby. Woohoo! My man is a stud. Secondly, I set a new PR of 3:39. My goal of running a 3:28 quickly transformed into survival and qualification. Which I did, so really I’m thrilled. It’s a journey, right?! Clearly I’m still on my way to my “on” race. The ole cliché ‘live and learn’ applies here.
Going forward I will alter my race day nutrition. Somehow my training nutrition didn’t totally translate on the race course. My belly is still in turmoil the next day. More water instead of electrolyte drinks in the early miles is my first change.
I also need more runs at my goal race pace. Running long runs at 8:30 per mile pace isn’t translating into faster races. At least not at the marathon distance. I’m researching new strategies and possibly altering my weekly running schedule. I have the drive and determination, just working my way there! Shorter runs require different training altogether. Marathons are a beast. Grrr!
So here I am. Elated, empowered and eager to prepare a new plan of attack. I’m not done with marathons. My next may be Boston. In the mean time the plan is to love running, hit the trails, work on my 13.1, 10k and 5k distances. Maybe even do another Beer Mile. This sport gives me so much to be thankful for. As my mom says “enjoy the movement of your body (have fun)”. That’s exactly what I plan to do.