In my last post, I mentioned that I met a gal that ran in the 2004 AND 2008 Olympic Trials Marathon. I will go ahead and tell you the best thing I took away from my conversation with her. Don't cap your dreams! She asked me about my times and when I told her my recent marathon time, she said, "Oh, so you're trying for the Trials." It wasn't even in a question-type way, either, more a statement. I was sort of shocked and kind of laughed, saying, "Don't really know about that..." That's when she told me that when she was 31 (my age) she was only running 3:10s! She ran the Trials when she was 33 and 37. I obviously then asked her for her secrets. Here is what advice I took away from our conversation.
It has sort of become apparent to me, that the best running does NOT take place in Lower Alabama. Shocker. She told me that it would really be to my best interest to find a club of people that can challenge me on a weekly basis, in the context of workouts. For her, she lives in a college town and can workout w/ the college cross country team. It's no secret that I moved here for one reason only- K's job. Well, now that we are divorced and it is quite obvious that this place is too small for me, him, and the others, it might just be time to get the heck out of dodge. Also, since my dad's accident, I have felt strongly about possibly moving back to Louisville (where my parents live). More on those life decisions later.
For her mileage, she said she actually only peaked at about 70mpw. She usually does one track workout a week (with the XC team) and a MP workout. I told her that I followed Pfitzinger and that I was basically in love with him. She said he was good, but suggested that when I regroup next time, train for longer and use Daniels. YIKES! She even offered to help me plan it all out. (Daniels can be complex to understand for this ignorant southern gal.)
One workout idea she suggested was to increase my MP miles within the run, but use breaks. She said one of her key workouts each cycle was 18-20 w/ 3 x 5 at marathon pace. So... that's what I tried. I went to the beach w/ the girls this past weekend and it POURED down rain Sunday morning. So, no long run there. I decided to do the MP workout on the TM that afternoon. And...
I did a 1 mile warm up and got right into the first 5 miles at 6:53 (I know sub 3 is6:52, but they don't have this on the TM). I turned the incline up to 1.0, too. The first 2 miles felt kind of rough, but that was to be expected. We basically ate and drank the entire weekend, and I had done 13 the day before. After the first set, though, I felt pretty darn good. I had to get off and use the restroom after the 2nd set. I also had to reset the TM b/c of time limits. And, the 3rd set was OKAY, kind of tough, but still totally doable. And that was that. I was quite sore the next day, though. I should've ice bathed that night, but I got busy unpacking, etc and forgot.
That's all in running news for now. I am running RnR Philly in two weeks. I am totally, totally PUMPED about this. Mostly, I am pumped about meeting all my fabulous only running girlfriends. YIPPEEE! Below is a pic from the weekend. Mandy bought us all little tumblers that represented "us." Mine was 26.2! That's my friend Summer and me :)