Bring it On
|August 31, 2010||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
After some recent posts about a few bad training runs I've endured 5 weeks out from my goal marathon, I decided it was well past time to write a pump up post about all the reasons I am ready to ROCK my Fall Marathon. Because really, two of three bad runs over the course of a marathon training cycle? F that. I've had countless rock star training sessions this season and I'm not about to let a few bad miles get in my head.
So, here's why I am going to positively kill it at my fall marathon:
1) Since starting this marathon training cycle, I have run two half marathons and cut 13 minutes off my half marathon PR.
First, the Vermont City Marathon where I ran half with my brother and finished in a 1:36.2
And second, my recent half marathon in Washington state where I ran a 1:32.5 on a hilly, tough course
2) I've done the work. I have logged the miles. On top of doing the prescribed training that any plan would call for to complete the 26.2 mile distance, I am supplementing it with swimming and biking and all things triathlon training to get into peak shape. I've done doubles, spent hours and hours and hours swim/bike/run training and logged countless long runs and long bikes. I've done the work I need to rock it. No question.
3) My Fall Marathon course is FLAT and FAST. And Upstate NY in October? I am envisioning perfect race conditions and a day made for PRs.
4) And if it's not perfect race conditions? Bring it, Corning. I am prepared for race day. I've run and raced in every condition known to mankind. Snow? Check. Rain? Yup. Blistering heat and humidity? Been there, done that. No matter what Corning has in store for me on race day, I am ready to take it on.
5) I added core work to my routine and consistently strengthen my abs and incorporate pilates into my training regimen. Every other time I've worked hard at building a strong core I have noticed a difference in my running.
6) I've been doing track workouts, tempo runs, pace runs and hill workouts to gain speed. I'm nailing or surpassing my goal pace on almost all of these. I've done progressive long runs and negative split or held sub-marathon goal pace during my final miles.
7) McMillians says I can. And McMillians has yet to fail me, so it must be right, right?!
8) I want it. I am PUMPED and ready for a PR.