The past 3 months have flown by, seeming to pass in an instant; the complete opposite of how each grueling workout felt, seeming to never end soon enough. This past training block was not hugely different than what I've done the past few years, but somehow the subtle adjustments I made seem to have made quite a difference. First, I incorporated strength training and cycling. Then I found a faster runner, Ryan O'Shea, to kick my butt on many of my long runs and a few of my shorter speed sessions. I also decided to follow the Hanson's Marathon Method, at least in part. Their method isn't that different from other approaches, but some of my key workouts and mileage targets were derived from their training plans so I'll give credit where it is due. I'll begin by sharing some stats of the training block:
Duration: 14 weeks
Time: 150+hrs of training
Distance: 1450kms (100k more than last year.
Peak weekly mileage: 127kms.
Lowest Weekly Mileage: 49k.
Longest Training Run: 38k
Number of 20+mile Runs: 7
Number of days off: 12 (4 due to illness)
Treadmill VS Outdoor: ~50/50
Weight Jan 1: 182lbs
Weight this week: 171lbs (would have liked to lose 3-4 more)
With the exception of 1 week where I had the flu, my training was very consistent and built me up slow and steady. In December my knee was bugging me quite a bit, but starting in January I had very few issues, a bit of soreness from time to time, but never enough to keep me from training. I intentionally kept my total mileage from creeping up too high, as that is my tendency, being accustomed to Ultramarathon training and I think that enabled me to recover properly between my hard workouts. I also added some nutrition supplements from Liv9 this year, a recovery blend that included BCAAs, turmeric and a multivitamin. Those definitely didn't hurt. All in all, I'm very pleased with how this training block played out, and I feel like I'm ready to run my best marathon. Time to find out. My previous best is 2:50, and this time my goal is sub 2:45.