The Four Stages of Marathon Training:
Stage 1) I’m really doing this!
Stage 2) I suppose I’d better do this.
Stage 3) Do I really have to do this?
Stage 4) Time to finish this.
I’m such a worrywart.
Turns out my long-run concerns from a couple of weeks ago were completely unfounded. My final long run of the program went far better than I dared hope, right down to the simulation of the strategy I plan on using on the big day.
This time, I ran the same 16-mile route I had previously run for my first two long runs, adding on a four-mile loop around the neighborhood to round out a full 20.
Amazingly, the split times from the first time I ran the route to yesterday were almost identical — in fact, I ran miles three, five, and eight at exactly the same pace in both runs. If anything, I was just a hair faster yesterday over the first eight miles but a little slower over the second eight.
The main difference this time around, of course, was that I ran four more miles yesterday. But they were miles where I ran the fastest mile splits of either run, even going as fast as 8:40 over the last mile. Physically and mentally, I was as strong yesterday as I have been all year — at no point did I bonk or engage in any negative self talk.
The strategy of a slower-than-normal start and gradual speeding up has worked very well in training. More, the consistency shown over the two runs gives me great hope that I will be able to replicate the performance on the day if — and this is a big if — I can stay focused and not get carried away by the occasion.
For now, though, the battles have been won. It’s
Bruce: 4 – Long Runs: 1
and time to end the war. It’s time to finish this.
Three weeks to go. Twenty days, to be exact. A couple of weeks of lower-intensity workouts, then the maranoia-inducing taper week, and then … who knows?
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