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Week 6 of marathon training and a review of my goals

Saturday, September 03, 2011

I have to say that I am so proud of my self for staying on track! I haven't missed any of my training runs (except for those minor shin splints) I haven't bailed out short on a single long run and I haven't cut my pace short when I feel lazy. I really don't have room for goofing off with this training plan because I set some pretty lofty goals for my self. Ones that I am going to have to revisit.
August proved to be a successful month logging 75.01 miles and reaching the mileage goal I had set. YAY! I haven't really been to the gym much for ST which I really need to go. I was attending spin class about 2 days a week until the 6am spin instructor left leaving nobody to fill the spot. I am so bummed! I really loved that class! They offer 2 evening classes during the week but they are my run days. I don't want to risk injury by spinning then running back to back. My legs would be totally spent!
Next week I will run 3-5 miles on Tuesday and Thursday and have a long run of 14 miles on Saturday. I am really looking forward to it!

My goals: I set the goal of running a 5hr marathon at Space Coast on the 27th of November. I know this is asking a lot because my current marathon PR is 5:42. With that being said, I have also never run a marathon for me. The 4 prior marathons I ran with others or a group, which was fun and makes the time go by a lot faster but I really want to see what I've got and give it my all. When I set the current PR, it was a training run for goofy. We were set for a 22 mile run but decided to do the marathon for added support, we got to 23 and decided not to push it and walked a lot of the remainder of the race and still managed to knock 23 minutes off of my first PR. My theory is that if I train properly and run hard that I should be able to have a really good PR. I am really starting to doubt the 5hr mark though.
Mary copied a training plan for a 5hr marathon for me. It calls for long runs with a avg pace of about 11:49. That is tough, especially in the heat and humidity of summer in Florida.
I have been training hard and I know it will pay off, just how much will it pay?

Mary also suggested that instead of setting one goal for my self, set 3. I really like this idea! SO, my new goals are:
1) run a 5:30 and be happy
2) run a 5:15 and be really happy
3) run a 5hr and blow it out of the water!

Now that I have my goals in check I feel much better about training. Most of my long runs have been averaging a 12mm to a 12:30. I am really hoping that the cooler weather that November brings will give me that added boost to run that 11mm range that I want.

My other goal was to be at my goal weight by the marathon. I still haven't lost a pound and I have 28 to lose. I have been logging everything for a week and for the most part staying in range. I know I can't lose that much in 2.5 months but I still need to get it off. I did get my thyroid back in check so that's a plus. It took more than 6 months and an added 10lbs but, it's good now.
Thankfully!!

Those that are praying for Julie, she is still fighting! Please keep praying for her!

Anyway. That's all I have for now.
Have a great holiday weekend and happy training!
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  • MARATHON_MOM
    I am so excited for you... your training seems to be going really well! I really believe that you are underestimating yourself. If your current runs in this heat and humidity you have been dealing with have been around 12 min/mile, you will have no problem at all knocking time off of that in a November run with cooler temps and lower humidity! Without even TRYING, it will just happen! You've SO got this!

    3255 days ago
  • IMARUNR
    Way to go with your runs, and your training!! I'm super excited for you and SUPER proud!! xoxo
    3255 days ago
  • HEALTHYCHIC
    I love your 3 goals. i do the same thing! An ultimate goal, a realistic goal, and an 'i'll be okay with it' goal. I'm really proud of you for staying exact with your training plan! That takes dedication. You are doing great! I'm excited to hear more as time goes on and the race gets closer.
    3256 days ago
  • SUMMERCHANNY
    Please dont get discouraged right now-- I KNOW that you can make the 5 hr goal that you have set for yourself. Summer heat sucks soo terribly bad and I think if you just hang in there, keep sticking to your plan, that you will find not only will you take off when it starts to cool down, but you will start to fly when the weight starts sliding off. So stay focused! .... Of course, that can still be your THRILLED time, but I think that you will absolutely amaze yourself come November!
    3259 days ago
  • ETTEZEUS
    I was going to try for a sub 5 at SC myself but once I changed Savannah to the full and decided for MM, well, I'll just be happy with whatever time I get. There will be other marathons for me to *race*.

    Great goals. I know you can do it. And I'm so proud of you for hitting your mileage goal last month!
    3259 days ago
  • LIGHTNINGRUNNER
    I love your goals. I know no matter what you will give your marathon 100% and the experience and your result will be all yours. No matter what the time says you will be a winner in my book.

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    Prayers are still continuing for Julie and the whole family.
    3259 days ago
  • MBSHAZZER
    Sueann, I do think you will be able to reach your marathon time goals when you run for yourself. You'd be surprised (or maybe not) how distracting running around others can be. It's great for making the time go by faster, but it makes it hard to concentrate on your goals. At the Halloween half last year, I was oblivious to everyone and everything!

    GREAT job sticking to your goals this month! fingers crossed for your SIL!
    3259 days ago
  • PIXIEMOM13
    I think your goals sound great and it is SO awesome and inspiring how you;ve been with your training. emoticon
    3259 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Sueann, you are completely dialed in and it is so wonderful to see! Now, you can do this for you so you can truly see what Sueann in capable of doing with no distractions. Love you my friend and if there is ANYTHING I can do to help you with your journey PLEASE let me know!!. See you at Space Coast!

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    3259 days ago
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