There are a lot of exciting things coming up in my life. I’m having a baby sometime in August, I turn 40 in January, and 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of my very first marathon! I think next year is a perfect time to get that sub-3, don’t you think?
I’m going to shoot for it in Phoenix in February and if I miss the mark then I’ll bring it in for my hometown in Vancouver in May. I got on the Hanson’s bandwagon once before, but I’m going back to the Advanced Marathoning book for this one. Because I’m a geek, I’ve already written out the training plan according to the appropriate dates, and then added on the pre-plan plan to the weeks leading up to the start of the plan. Confusing, I know.
My marathon race pace for a sub-3 marathon is 6:50 minutes per mile. The first week of the plan, which lands near the end of October sometime, has me doing a 13 mile run with 8 miles of it at marathon race pace. So somehow, I need to use the post-delivery weeks to build up to 8 miles at a 6:50 pace.
I have my babies early, so by the first week of September I should be able to run 1 mile at a 6:50 pace. What I want to do now, then, is to run at least 1 mile per week while I’m pregnant at 6:50 pace! It sounds like a modest goal, but trust me, it’s tougher than it sounds. Most training plans add speed and/or mileage as the runner gets more fit, but because I’m pregnant and I am inevitably getting more unfit, holding a 6:50 pace for one mile per week would be practically the same as adding speed and/or mileage to a non-pregnant person’s training plan.
Shit. I’m totally neurotic and I lost everyone with my obsession with paces and mileage.
Summary: I want to run really fast for a really long time but right now I’m lucky if I’m able to fart without peeing my pants. So until I deliver this baby, I’m going to do my best to run my goal race pace for just one mile per week, near a bathroom, and hope that this hard work pays off after delivery.
I inserted one mile at a 6:49 min/mile today on the treadmill! It was tough, but totally doable.
I was running two and three consecutive 6:50 min/miles on the treadmill in the first trimester and then quit doing them. If I can just do one or two 6:50 min/miles (if I do two, then I will take a mile recovery between each mile) once each week, I’ll be as happy as a pig in mud.
Do you guys have any goals in mind? Any races planned?
Do you like sitting down with a notebook and a pen to plan things out? I LOVE IT.
Why does rotisserie chicken smell like farts?