My marathon is just 35 days away...5 short weeks (not that I'm counting or anything.) I'm pretty amped about this race, especially since all of my long runs and about half my tempos have been done in the dead of winter through ice and snow and bitter cold. And thats pretty good for me, seeing as I am wicked sensitive to the cold (I have Raynauds pretty bad...Ive been known to have dead white fingers coming out of the water in a tri in August. Seriously.) The rest of the tempos and speedwork have been on the treadmill, which really, for the most part, haven't been too bad. Except when I tried to do 13 miles. That was just sadistic and wrong.
I've been holding my paces really well, in some cases, even going too fast. (I'm working on it). So whats the problem? Well, my runs feel great, but I don't. I'm tired, achy (may be just a little cold) and am gettin some "niggles" (which, in case you don't know, are my very scientific term for not injuries but twinges. I don't get them while working out, just random mornings getting out of bed or at night sometimes.) Foam rolling helps. And I'm really trying to pay attention to quality foods and plenty of fluids. I'm sure part of it is the weather.
So for the last 5 weeks, we have, as always 3 runs per week. The First plan has been great, although because there are only 3 runs (and 3 days of cross training) per week, there arent any slow or recovery runs. Long runs are done maybe 10 seconds below MP, which is pretty fast. The next 5 weeks for long runs are:
20 miles (tomorrow)
So I want to know from all the runners out there (please help me!) What are your thoughts on the 20 miler? Do I need two? I would love to get some sort of positive feeling from at least one that I am on track and can sustain my pace for that long (which I did for my 18 miler two weeks ago) but I don't want to get injured, burned out, or just plain run in the damn tornado we've been having in Upstate NY this weekend. Another concern about this program is I'e been running long every weekend since I started in the last week in December (the shortest run has been 13 miles a.k.a no recovery weekends from running.)
Help, friends! I just want to make sure I end up finishing my marathon looking like this:
|Mile 15 of IMLP|