So, like the little piggy who's house was FLATTENED by the Big Bad Wolf, I'm fleeing to another house and starting out all over. JUST KIDDING. Well, I have made the mental leap to move into a better place and keep moving forward, because that's WHAT WE STRONG WOMEN DO! **Please read my past blog posts if you have NO idea what I"m talking about!*
Sparkle Pants(our 2.5 year old grandson-now-house-mate) amuses us with his dances with flashlights and the way he wears the headlamp around his tummy and struts his stuff during power outages and HEY...there's nothing like having a TWO and a half year old around again! His mommy continues to move forward as she starts over with us as well. BOYSCOUT and I have realized that we aren't parenting anymore. We can't! We're co-living. There's a sweetness in this somewhere, I feel it. It's the "processing" that is taking some time! Thanks for your AWESOME EMAILS and comments. I feel like I'm back to following YOUR running, your experiences and your expertise in this area. I've missed YOU!!
I guess I've celebrate enough and with the XC Championships over, I've moved into the THRONGS of marathon training. The short stuff was so easy to maintain...just speed work and resting but...
Marathon training is baaaaccckkk!
I've stumbled on to something called PERIODIZATION in marathon training.My last 11 marathons were run according to the average marathon plan with my mileage hitting about 70 miles at the peak. I would run the usual weeks of training that included: track/speed work, a tempo run with progressively more mileage each week and then the major long run that gets longer each week and usually tops out at 24 miles. What I've found is that my 46 year old body usually handles everything until about that last week of tough training, right before taper. SUDDENLY, at that point, hell breaks loose. I fall a part. The plantar facitis kicks in and I end up tapering with a hobble and a strict habit of PRAYING 10 times a day that a miracle with happen. I also end up visiting my physio twice a week. I'm usually a mess by the time I hit the starting line and then, of course my goals and plans are less than what I hope for.
THIS TIME, it's different.
Since I started training for the XC Championships, my training has consisted of one workout of mile repeats/strides and hills, a long run but a VERY slow one and a moderate run. I take two days off and do one other day of very easy running.
My training calendar was broken up into three distinct cycles: base, hills and marathon specific training.
Sunday, I ran 60 mins. up hill and the rest moderately for a total of 16 miles. Next week I have one more long run with hills and then I start my marathon pace work.
I'm feeling strong, not broken. Usually, by now, my body is aching from the tempo runs and they would get tougher for me. NOW, each and every run ends with me feeling stronger. It's the STRANGEST THING! My body has been preparing itself for the hardest and most demanding part of my training and it's ready.
6 weeks until The Carlsbad Marathon. So far so good.