Thursday, May 02, 2013
For the first time in my life I made it through a marathon training cycle injury free. That was my number one goal, to get to the starting line unlike the past 5 attempts at running a marathon (and over $500 in forfeited entry fees). My first and only other marathon that I was able to run was 25 years ago at this very same race I will be doing on Sunday. I ran with a toe injury, crashed and burned at mile 16, struggled hard, but finished. So look out demons, I'm coming for you.
17 weeks and 850 miles later I have reached my goal. If I should happen to achieve any numeric goals on Sunday, 3:52 PR or 3:40 BQ time, that would be icing on the cake. No matter what my results are at the race, honestly, I will be happy. The marathon will be a celebration of my training PR which means more than anything else. Even though a lot of it was cold and windy, I enjoyed these past few months.
I went from never being able to get past 40 miles for the week without injury to hitting 70+ several times and never once feeling the least bit like I couldn't make it to the end.
The hypothesis is that I started doing strength training with running specific exercises, without weights, doing a thorough warm-up and cool down for every training run, changed my stretching method to Active Isolated Stretching, and getting Active Release Therapy periodically to make sure no scar tissue caused muscle strains or tears as in the past.
It is amazing how fast I can get better at running when I'm not stopping tor repair and recover from an injury. During my training I knocked 4 minutes off of my 10 mile and a minute from my 5K time from just 5 months. I recently did a 13 mile training run with a 65% effort (easy conversational pace) at a pace that was my half marathon race pace time with an all out effort in December. All because I followed the training plan I wrote for myself religiously and used the key factors that I mentioned above.
I can't wait to blog about my experience on Sunday. Oh yeah, it's my hometown race and even though it has 1,700 ft of elevation changes on the course, I can't wait. Can you tell I'm pumped?