Running Update – For Those Who Care

Posted by Sam on August 4, 2014

Why am I going to write about my running when nobody cares? Because it’s my blog and I want to.

Running hasn’t gone this well for me in nearly three years.. That’s not to say I’m in my best shape over the past three years, but things are going splendidly.

I’m slowly building towards the marathon, and am beginning to enter my actual base phase.

What I’ve Done
50-55 miles a week for the past month or so. I haven’t really done any workouts, which is good, because I still have 16 weeks until the race. Yesterday was probably the best run of the bunch. I did 11 miles with the first four easy at 7:15 pace, the next four at 6:45 pace, then the last three hard at about 6:12 pace with the last mile being a 6:10 with a significant uphill. I got carried away the last mile, and was working too hard to run that, but whatever. The fastest mile I’ve run in the past 300 or so has been 5:56.

What I’m Going To Do
In the coming weeks/months I plan to up my mileage. I don’t know by how much, but I can’t see myself getting above 75. I’d like to hold 60-70, with maybe a down week every now and then for safety reasons. I’ll start doing tempos in a week or two and that will really gauge my fitness. If I can hold that into October, then start easing off, I’d be happy.

MOST IMPORTANT – How I Feel
This is the most important piece of the puzzle. I’m healthy right now. My back hasn’t felt this good since I was injured. For example, I ran 11 fast yesterday and it feels totally normal today. I can always tell that the fracture is still there, but after running 200 miles the last month, it hasn’t gotten any worse at all. If anything it’s gotten better. This is why I’m optimistic about the whole thing.

Areas of Improvement:

  • Sleep: I’m averaging right around 8 hours a night. It’s hard to go to bed early when Call of Duty and FIFA are always an option.
  • Diet: I eat like two vegetables a week since I’ve moved out.
  • Doubling: It’s a pain in the ass to wake up at 6:30-7:00 to run in the morning, especially when I’m not going to bed early.
  • A Plan: I’m just kind of winging it now. Granted it’s still early, but it wouldn’t hurt to hammer out some details on training.

Conclusion?

Things are going really well, and barring injury, they will continue to do so. I know it’s still really early, but it seems like things are going as well as I could have planned. I’ll run a few races in September/October for fun, but for the next month+ I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing.

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