75 training days left until the LA marathon. At times I find myself overwhelmed by the finale: 26.2 and hoping for a PR. Last Marathon I ran 3:44, inelegantly, splitting 1:42 for the first half and 2:02 for the second half. In my only other marathon I also had a +20min split.
To calm my nerves a bit I'm trying to focus on the process. Working towards process goals, I'll be less worried about the PR and about my fitness. Also it's just like, who am I doing this for? -just me. So have fun with it. Enjoy the training - it's most of the experience anyhow.
With 75 training days left, I have 3 training goals:
1) run 20 miles four times
2) aim to get 15 runs over 10 miles
3) run 3 miles or more 50 times. (aka run 2 out of 3 days)
My focus here on out is on the long stuff. That's where I'm clearly weak, given previous marathon bonks. I need to teach my body not to run out of energy. Best way to do this is to get out on some longer runs.
Day 1 (out of 75)
Managed to catch a head cold over Christmas and was not feeling the run today. I started bargaining: really it's a bad idea to run, you're sick, you'll set yourself back. Also it is so cold (31F and windy). Plan was to start off the final 75 days with a 10miler but maybe I just do 3 and save 10 for tomorrow.
I had breakfast and started feeling way better and was like, oh but still you're kinda sick. The only solution when I start backpedalling is to put the running clothes on. Even if I don't go for an hour, once I'm dressed I'll get out the door. It actually ended up being a nice run. 10.3 miles at 8:12 per mile average pace. Was fine with no water or calories. Central was real cold, but nice. Did the full outside loop plus once around the reservoir.
Tracking the last 75 days of training
total: 10.3 miles
total runs: 1