So last night was a surprise. We did Yasso's. You know one thing of Yasso. I assume everyone knows that. It is an idiom of sorts to runners right?? ;) It is 800 repeats, where you try to hit your marathon time for those two laps. You want to run 3:40 (Which I decided is my goal) then on those two laps you have to hit 3:40. It ends up being a tempo pace. If my goal was a 3:30 marathon, then that would sure be a hard tempo, but 3:40 isn't that hard this time of year. More of a 10K effort.
The plan was 12 of them. I didn't really hit it on my first 4. I knew this was not an all out pace for me, so I was finding my pace. 3:43, 3:41, 3:48, 3:49. I think it was like that. Between zoning and stuff, I just didn't hit it on the first 4. I took a Gatorade stop after 4. The next 4 easy. 3:40,3:39, 3:40, 3:39. I was totally in the Matrix zone. I was confident I'd be able to hit the next 4, and probably blow out the 4th to perhaps a World Record. :) Alan said on 2nd thought stop at 8. To be honest I wanted those last 4. I knew I had them. Alan knows what the heck he is doing though, and I always know sometimes less is more. Also this Saturday he nixed the 20 miler. He said only 15. The hard stuff is over. It seems sad to say. I really do like the hard stuff. At this point a 15 miler is an easy day. Do I even have to nap after that?? :)
I am ready. I feel good about my training. Many days I crawled up to this blog knowing I didn't hit everything I wanted. I kept battling though. This was a hard summer of training. Through it all though I did get my stuff in. For my job you know I cannot get a zillion miles in each week, but all year long I try to get at least 100 each month. The last two months were both over 150. That is a lot for me. I once ran 180 in a month, but didn't show up on race day...well I showed up, but didn't run. So I did what I could, and feel good about my training. I may end up with 3:35 too, who knows. I feel confident in 3:40 though, so that is my time.
As we approach this marathon, I cannot help but look past. 5K training starts up almost right away. Wednesday is a recovery run, and probably go long on that Saturday. 12 miles btw. Winter is great training for me too, because Jim and Jerry train in the winter. A lot of times in the fall I am solo. Nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it is fun when Jim throws his little tempos in to leave us in the dust. :)
So there you have it. I train all year for this marathon, but right away I am thinking of my 5K after, and the training after. This isn't a once and done type thing. This is a lifestyle. One I enjoy. You know what else I think? Since I won't be running 10's and 12s during the week, I can add more run days. Tuesday nights downtown, I can probably run 5 times a week now. I think my legs are getting used to this running thing.
Well, I don't know, all this stuff sure is pretty exciting to me.
That is it for today!!! :)
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