January 12, 2012

Houston, Here I Come!

I'm currently at the airport waiting for my flight to Houston. It's finally here! I know I haven't blogged much about this race or my training leading up to it. I really didn't follow a strict plan like I did for Chicago, so recapping just didn't seem as important. Despite the more relaxed schedule, though, I ended up having some pretty great runs and felt just as strong as I did leading up to Chicago. Not surprisingly then, this lead me to start rethinking my goals. I was originally going to Houston to watch the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and run the half marathon. But then after the disaster that was the Chicago Marathon, I wanted some redemption, I wanted the race I'd trained so hard for. So I upgraded to the full marathon and after a week of recovery I started building things up again.

My mileage was far less this time around, ranging from about 30-35 miles a week. I also started swimming and cycling more and I started my winter conditioning class with my Ironman coach. I can't help but think this may have contributed positively to my running. I only had about 7 weeks to prepare, so my plan was to focus on the long runs, keep up easy base miles during the week, and nix the speedwork. Interestingly enough, I had some of my best runs this training cycle, especially the long runs. I ran 18 at 9:04 average, on Christmas Eve I ran 16 miles at an 8:54 average, and I peaked at 20 miles with a 9:06 average. On most, I felt pretty strong throughout, actually getting faster as I went. I've tapered for the past couple weeks, hoping to keep my legs feeling fresh. For the most part, I think I'm ready to have a good race. I'm just hoping it's a good day!

I hesitate to put any solid goals out there, because I think I run better when I don't have a lot of pressure on myself. Pending disaster, I know I have a PR (sub 4:31) in me on Sunday. But I would be lying if I didn't have bigger aspirations. I still would love to break 4 hours, and I truly believe I have it in me. But if I run a solid race and push myself, I'll be happy with the outcome. My plan is to just run at a comfortable pace for the first part, and then see where I'm at. If I get to 20 miles and a sub-4 is within my reach, you better believe I'm gonna give it everything I've got : )


  1. Have a great marathon, sounds like you are well prepared to meet your goals!

  2. You will do great! Your are so impressive! Anxious to hear how it goes. Enjoy your run!

  3. good luck out there. just think of it as another training run...and have fun while you're at it!

  4. Looking at your long run paces, you DEFINITELY have a sub-4 in you!! Enjoy yourself and fight for it!