And I guess last week I started my official 12-week training plan, but that's neither here nor there.
Actually, that's precisely why I'm here. Time to crack open this hunk 'o junk blog and try formulating a word or two now that I may or may not have some content to work with.
Time to train!
My good running buddy and sweet friend in general, Aron (aka Coach Z-Bar) a la runner's rambles, was kind enough to take time out of her hectic I'm-training-for-a-50-miler-while-working-a-full-time-job-and-caring-for-4-pets-and-a-husband schedule to build a training plan centered around my specific goal for Ogden. Coach-approved mileage, paces, rest days, and all -- this is a brand new marathon approach for me and I'm excited to give her plan a try!
And here's where I'm going to cut to the chase.
My goal for the Ogden Marathon is to run 3:30. Sure, I'm passing up my 3:33 goal for now, but for good reason. I know I can do it & I want to train specifically for it.
Well, and the Ogden Marathon is working to my advantage with an ever-so-slight downhill, and with very little climbing to worry about.
Naturally, there are some caveats to this dream of a race:
- The race starts at elevation and ends at elevation. My little sea-level ass will more than likely feel this effect. Still working on how to conquer this one.
- I don't have a ton of long stretches of slight downhills to practice on here in San Francisco, but I'm finding as much flat ground as I can to train on. Close enough, right?
So, in effort to try to revive this dying blog, I'll start by attempting to outline my training specific for hitting a 3:30. My marathon goal pace (MGP) of 8:00 is out there and I'm set on doing it, so I might as well keep myself in check, right?
In sum: Ogden Marathon training, week 1
Goal: 8 mi. @ MGP + 15 to 45 sec. (8:15-8:45) + 10x100m strides/15 sec. recovery
Actual: 9 mi. @ 8:13
This run was pretty much right on. I hit consistent 8:15s and picked it up during my strides to knock my overall pace down a bit at the end. The newb in me didn't realize you can run strides DURING the last mile, so I accidentally added on a bit of extra after finishing the initial 8. I'm learning!
Tuesday: Rest. WHAT IS THIS? Resting during the week. Ha.
Goal: 9 mi. @ MGP + 15 to 45 sec. (8:15-8:45)
Actual: 9 mi. @ 8:14
My first mile was too fast, my second mile was too slow, the rest were just right, and the average is pretty close. I'm sure I'll get the hang of this pacing thing soon & I was happy to be on the lower end of this pace goal.
Actual: 6 mi. @ 9:56
Met up with a few San Francisco Marathon Am-bad-ass-adors at Lululemon's run club to lead a short group run followed by an SFM registration party! I got to ascend some sweet hills with Aron and Alisyn, and the casual pace was welcomed on this day of rest.
Goal: 5 mi. recovery (9:00+)
Goal: 13 mi. @ MGP + 30 sec. to 1 min. (8:30-9:00)
Actual: 13 mi. @ 8:21
Close enough! I started this run after sleeping in a bit too late, and by the time I hit the streets, it was unseasonably warm. Toward the end of the run I was antsy to get off the hot pavement, and I picked up the last few miles on the way home to knock the pace down slightly and get to my morning coffee faster.
Actual: 4.5 mi. @ 7:48
What I forgot to say about Saturday is that I was actually SUPPOSED to do some pace miles during that 13-miler & I totaaaalllly missed that part of my training plan. So I made up for it and ran some "fast" (for me) miles on tired legs to simulate what I forgot to do the day before.
Overall, I finished Week 1 with 42 miles of running, and I'd call my paces successful. This coming week slightly ramps up a little, but for now I can tell I'm loving these rest days. I am actually getting laundry and other chores done during the week (imagine that)! It's fun doing long-ish runs after work, too, as I'm usually not one to do much over 6 miles during the week. This training plan is all sorts of new for me, and I'm excited!
Can I also just mention that I'm super stoked for this gorgeous race!? Just look at these pictures I found by photographer Nick Sokoloff!