Sunday, March 4, 2012

Countdown to OKC Memorial

This weekend brought me one week closer to the OKC Memorial Marathon.  After Austin, I felt pretty confident in my training and each passing week has kept adding fuel to the fire.   I'm gaining more and more confidence in my running and the training schedule I've laid out for myself.   A few months ago I made a conscious decision to attack this marathon on my own.  I wanted to save some money this year so I opted to go without a coach for the first half of the year to see how I would like it.  Now that I'm entering my 4th year in endurance sports, I felt more confident in my ability to manage my training on my own and still come up with the desired results.  The results I'm seeing in training so far are proving me right.  I know there is still a long way to go until marathon day so I'll keep assessing and adjusting my schedule as we go.  I don't want to peak too soon.   The next 5 weeks will be crucial.  I need to make sure I mix in a few recovery weeks and continue to build mileage the other weeks.   This past week marked my first 30+ mileage week of the training schedule and my legs feel great today.  I knocked out a very nice 18 mile run yesterday morning.   I started out conservatively and then opened up my legs at the end of the run.  I felt awesome at the end and knocked out some sub-8 minute miles to close out the run.   Overall my pace averaged out to be 8:30/miles which is perfect for my training runs.   The focus for the week ahead will be to recover, step back the mileage, and then get ready for the step up to 20 miles in a couple of weeks.  My schedule will be a little off due to some travel, but it won't hurt to give the legs a break at this point in the schedule.  I hope you all have a great start to March.   Run happy friends.

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