Can you tell I’ve been doing some corporate powerpoints today? Hence the title.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’ll do differently next time I tackle the 26.2 distance– I don’t know when that will be (May 1, 2010) or where (probably Eugene) or why I want to do it again (because I’m a sick puppy and I love it) but I do know that it’s important to think about your cycle as a whole think through everything: running, diet, timing, races, hydration, etc. So…
Things I’ll keep the same:
1. My mileage. 70 miles per week seemed about right for me. Sure, it was a challenge fitting them all in but I really felt an increase in my cardiovascular fitness and running economy. I enjoyed my 2nd runs after awhile and felt the mileage was appropriate for me.
2. Jack Daniels. I love me some Jack. He works me hard but it is hands down, the best training program out there. At least for me! If it’s not broken, I’m not going to fix it. I may modify it slightly but there won’t be any big changes.
3. My work schedule and other commitments are not changing any time soon. If anything, I am going to get busier so the getting up before the sun thing is sadly going to continue.
Things I’ll do differently:
1. Begin tracking food intake sooner. I really do need to get leaner to accomplish my goal. Size is a factor and I got my self-discipline too late. Just to re-emphasize: I think I look fine. This is just for running purposes. I’ll probably eat less meat and say no to more cookies. But I really like cookies.
2. Less booze. I was a little lax with the wine intake– particularly in the beginning and middle of my training. This was really detrimental to my “get smaller” and “get faster” goals. I’m not going on the wagon, but I need to step it back. Booze is bad times for your body. I don’t have a problem, but 2 glasses on a Wednesday? Superfluous.
3. More M Pace runs, fewer races. I think we all know that I love a good race, but next time I want to do more marathon-paced running. I never fell into my marathon pace comfortably and had a hard time holding it for more than a few miles simply because I didn’t have a good feel for its cadence.
4. Incorporate more medium-long runs. I did this too late also. But when my quality workout is less than 10 miles I need to incorporate an 11-14 mile medium long run instead of a double day.
5. Less pressure on myself. Not qualifying for Boston isn’t going to kill anyone. It’s fine. Do I want it? Um, yes. But freaking out is really detrimental to my racing.
6. More hills. Hills make you stronger. They’re about as rare as a unicorn here, but it’s not impossible to run them. I have a few stretches where I can do repeats and I need to do them regularly. It’s just a matter of discipline.
7. Keep up with the strength training. I got pretty tired weeks 10-18 and stopped strength training and doing core work. I could definitely tell it was adversely affecting my running but I just couldn’t fit it in. This time, I will.
8. More sleep. This one is a challenge, but in order to run 70 miles per week, you must sleep. So I will.
9. Up the intensity. I can run faster than I was for a good chunk of my quality workouts. So instead of 7:50 LT miles, I’m going to shoot for 7:40s. Hopefully this helps.
I think that’s it. Still no running but that’s okay with me. I’m fighting a mild cold and just feel tired. Operation Recovery is going well, though.