Semper Currens IX: Halfway There

Week Eight Training Wrap-Up

Yeah–a much better week! Despite taking two days off, I made my mileage and I crushed my nine-mile tempo workout on Thursday. The only downside to the week was my long run today. In addition to the problems I talk about later, I was also battling the fatigue of driving 550 miles and moving my son into his college dorm room on Saturday and my old nemesis–heat and humidity–on Sunday. I gave myself a “Get Out of Jail Free” card for Sunday, knowing that I was not going to be in the best of shapes for the task at hand. But we’re halfway through the program, and I can’t do that too many more times.

The Week Ahead

Now we get to the nitty gritty. This week, and the six weeks that follow, are where PRs are made. Fifty-mile weeks. Progressively longer tempo runs, and progressively harder interval runs that will test the body and the soul. Oh, and did I mention three more sixteen/twenty mile long runs and a tune-up half marathon are all ahead too? Lace those sneakers on tight. It’s going to be a heckuva ride.

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Feature o’ the Week: Midterm Report Card

Gut-check time. Time to be honest and try to figure out where we stand. Here are my midterm grades.

Interval runs: These have been pretty successful so far. I’ve done all of them, and I think I am improving as my times have consistently been in the 8:30 min/mile range as the runs have been getting progressively harder. B+

Tempo runs: I’ve been happy with my times in this department, and this week’s 1:12 over nine miles was one of the better runs of the program so far. But it was a little too fast, and I really need to dial it back a little and try to run at a steadier 8:20 min/mile pace if I am going to meet my BQ. B

Long runs: I definitely need to improve this part of the program as today’s run shows. I’ve been too lackadaisical–not eating or hydrating properly for them, and generally not treating them as dress rehearsals for the main event. I also have to step up the mental part of my game here, as I’ve been finding it way too easy to give up and walk. C

Overall: In terms of mileage, I’m pretty much where I need to be. With just two low-mileage weeks out of eight, and only one missed hard workout, I really feel like I am on track and that I am putting in the work. Better still, I am in great shape physically, with just the occasional sore muscle to deal with. Whether I will meet my goal of a sub 3:40 marathon or not is still hard to determine. But it is still not out of the question. B-

Team Fox Update

We picked up a couple of nice donations over the week, so we’re back on track! But remember: if you’ve been reading Semper Currens regularly, or if you’ve found anything here of use, go to my fundraising page and make a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation and help eliminate Parkinson’s!

What is your assessment of your own progress so far? Are you feeling confident, or are you worried that your preparation isn’t going well? Leave a comment here, and I’ll feature it in the next Semper Currens.

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About Bruce Pegg

I write about running, music and spirituality.
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