So let me break it down.... One- I chose to use the 3:40 speed work program and then use the 3:30 long distance program. This was a mistake. I needed to pick one time and stick with it. Two- Even though I was using the faster 3:30 program for long distance I was running them even faster than what was given. Mistake! Three- My arrogance! I thought I knew better than the Run Less Run Faster authors on what I could handle and what I was capable of doing therefore I became EXTREMELY burnt out. By the time the race hit all I could think about was ugh! Let's just get this dam race over. I do not feel like running. Which resulted in a 4:06 marathon.
Now let me get to the point of the title to this post. If you would like to see the effects of jumping the gun when the race starts... well here it is. My splits. As you can see after mile 1(which was uphill) I quickly jumped to a 7:22 pace. Ahhh not 8:00 which was what I was aiming for. Miles 2-7 were all under 8. So by the time the 8th mile was over I was feeling way tired. Then as you can see my splits were all over the place. One of my weaknesses with running is keeping a consistent pace. I am pretty terrible at it and should have focused more on that during my training. I also felt like I was going up and down, up and down the entire race so I posted my elevation as well. As you can see I don't climb a whole lot but it is up and down. This added to my tiredness in the end.
What have I learned from all this.... STICK TO THE TRAINING PLAN.
So to redeem myself and have a little fun I signed up for the GOOFY with my sister Jen! I seriously cannot wait. I don't even care about what time I am going for, all I want to do is run a fun race. Enjoy the distance. Enjoy the scenery and crowds. Plus is will be so fun to have Jen run with me. She is an expert when it comes to numbers and time so she will be the perfect pace partner. Oh and I told her that she can wear her watch and I am not going to. (I may change my mind later tho. Ha!)
What have I been doing for exercise in the mean time? Well I am back to 4 days a week. Last week because my family was here I only got in 3 days but this week I am going for 4.
This is an example
Wednesday - 6-8
Thursday - 8
Saturday - 10 (I will add 2 miles each Long run getting up to 18 miles two weeks before the race and then I will taper)
I plan to run up the bridge hard for strength and work up to running comfortably 7:45-8:00 miles. Right now I am around 8:20 because I am still recovering from my last race and I don't want to push it to hard.
So that's it! Long post but had a lot to explain!
Here is to Goofy or BUST!! (Ps I better not bust cuz I am seriously considering the RnR marathon in DC this March :) Who's with me?!
Oh and I just watched Forks Over Knives. Post coming soon about my new diet plan. :)