Wednesday, November 14, 2012

3 more runs until the Flying Monkey Marathon

No real taper plan for this marathon. No carb loading. I've cut back on the length of runs the last several days. Sunday's long run was only 12 miles with the last 6 miles at marathon pace or quicker. Marathon pace is going to be 8:00'ish. I'm shooting for a 3:30 worst case. I'd hope to be a little quicker, but the training just hasn't happened this cycle.

No long runs greater than 18 miles this cycle. This is a first. I'm not certain if it was the six or so 20 mile long runs for my PR marathon or mileage above 70 miles per week or new training stimuli or ?? On a flat course I think a 3:20 or so is possible given my current level of training. Monkey course, add 10-15 minutes.

Picked up a couple of acorns at my nature stop on Sundays long run. At this point in the run, I'd only covered 3 miles. Super Slow. Really was beginning to wonder if I'd even be able to pull off a fast finish for the day. For some reason I held on to them for the rest of the run. Nothing really unusual about them. No where near as large as those out in Monkeyville. Really started thinking that they would be a reminder to grow a set/HTFU and run what I could today and most certainly on marathon day. No backing down, no caving when it got tough. Last time I ran monkey, I gave in at nine mile hill, the course beat me. Don't want that to happen this year.

Splits from this Sunday's fast finish were: 7:39, 7:49. 7:39, 7:58, 7:52, 7:45. Compare that to the splits before the PR marathon at the Flying Pig: 6:49,6:54,6:50,7:02,6:40,6:44. A completely different world fitness wise. That's where I want to be again, come spring.


Lisa said...

The Nolensville Run club will have a lot of volunteers out there screaming like a bunch of crazies. If I don't see ya, good luck & have fun!

Anonymous said...

You'll be there next spring - I'm counting on it

Anonymous said...

...that was slowster

Old Man said...