Training

Taper Plan

So I don’t really do running plans that much.  I mean, I have my own plan in my head of what I’m going to do.  Weekend long run.  A recovery run.  A middle distance run.  Speed work (tempo runs, intervals).  But I don’t follow the big plans since they don’t really fit my schedule and honestly without being remotely competitive in my age group, I don’t think it will matter.  But I do want to taper correctly and while I had a basic taper in place for my last marathon, I wanted to see if I could find anything better. …

Running the Rio Grande

So this weekend was the wedding of one of my college buds, Justin, out in El Paso, Texas. Its been a long time since I’ve been in this part of the country but when I realized that the desert is cold in the morning I knew I had to make this my first 20 mile weekend in preparation for the Space Coast Marathon I have coming up. Florida has not really cooperated yet in cooling down so since I had until 2pm for the wedding, there was plenty of time to rock out a 20 miler. The tough part of …

Updated Race Schedule

Well, I think my final race schedule is in for the year.  I think.  Right now I only have two races left – the TriRock of Clearwater on Nov 10th and then the Space Coast Marathon on Dec 1st.  I’ve gone back and forth on a couple races and I just am not sure if I want to do a half marathon on Oct 26.  I think I could do it fine and that would fit fairly well into my plan for a light weekend that weekend but I’m still torn on it.  The only other race that was a …

Pretty good month

Overall, I was very happy with how my training went in September, especially in regards to running.  I had a lot of firsts this month!  To start with, I’ve tried to adjust my training schedule to have a lighter week every 3 weeks.  The long run on the weekend really can take a lot out of me and I’ve found that every 3 weeks having a lighter long day really helps overall.  This past Saturday I got in a 17 mile run for my marathon and I could really feel the sluggishness in my legs by the end and I …

Yep, 700 happened!

I have a few more days left in the month of September so I’ll save my September perspective for next week but I had to write something today because I hit 700 miles!  Its pretty crazy that I’m still on track.  I feel mostly great physically and I think getting so close now to my goal of 1,000 miles is only going to drive me even harder until the end of the year.  Its still a bit unbelievable to me that after 6 months this year, I was at 345 miles.  And now, a little less than 3 months later, …