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As I perused Facebook today, I saw that all of my friends either hit triple digit mileage weeks or at least came very close to that. I did not. Of course, after the initial disappointment in my measly 60-something mileage week faded, I realized why I had a lower mileage week and my self pity party ended. Why? Because whenever I visit Garrett, time becomes very precious and priorities shift. For example, a typical baseball schedule goes something like this:
- Be at field (in 105 degree heat) for baseball game from 4-10:30PM
- Eat with Garrett from 10:30PM-11:30PM
- Shower and hang out from 11:30-12:30AM
- Sleep and wake up at 10:00AM
Enough about that--in more exciting news, I got a new training plan from Mark Hadley to take me through Philly. I've got some big goals for Philly and I want to play my cards right this time, so I'm really trying to adjust some major things:
- Actually finish my workouts. How will I do that? I'll actually run closer to my marathon pace. I typically try to PR in all of my workouts. What I've realized is that for marathon training, it's not necessarily about running as fast as you possibily can for as long as possible. Instead, it's more about making your marathon pace (or 5-10 seconds faster than your marathon pace) feel as easy, relaxed and comfortable as possible. I want 5:50-6:00 pace to feel like a walk in the park, so I'll need to actually slow some of my key workouts down to ensure I finish them all.
- Shorten the distance in my speed workouts. Instead of trying to hit 5-6 miles of quality speed work, I'm not only going to hit 4 miles. This is because I typically feel great on one workout, feel like shit on the next, and mediocre on the third...and the cycle repeats. I'd rather feel great on all three and the key to this will be to reduce the amount of miles I'm trying to post some fast time on.
- Run more doubles. I want to finally hit the upper 90s or even the triple digits this time around, and that usually means more doubles to run! While this will be a slight adjustment, it really won't be too terrible as it's just a couple of miles here or there.