Marathon Training Update
Summer has been tough to stay on schedule with kids out of school, but have kept up with my long runs. Last week was 11 miles and this week will be 12. Using the GPS watch and camelbak. The jury is still out on the camelbak. I may switch to a waist pack that has a water bottle, but need to try a few more long runs before I decide.
The GPS has been an eye opener. I thought I was going much faster than I actually have been. Anyway, that has prompted me to incorporate some speed work. Yesterday, I did mile repeats at faster than my goal marathon pace. I will also do 3 mile runs at faster than marathon pace. I will continue with hill work. The speed work has been refreshing. I have actually been sore, which tells me that I had totally gotten into a rut with my same slow pace.
I also still plan to cross train with the bike. It did not make the cut on the Colorado trip due to space, but I think I can still benefit with the time left before St. Louis in October.
I am really focusing on nutrition—choosing more quality foods that are high in energy. My favorites being spinach, bananas, almonds, and whole grain pasta. I am trying to limit my coffee intake to just the morning cup. I had added one in the evening, which made it tougher to go to sleep.
As always, run happy!