It’s been a while since I have blogged, I can’t say I haven’t had much to blog about. Much has happened since the last time I have made an entry here. Busy busy busy. Work, coaching, family, life. I decided to get more serious with my training this year as I’m not getting any younger. I looked at my marathon P.R. still puzzled why it has not fallen yet. It’s not like I haven’t been training hard. I figured it’s not that but maybe I’m just not training smart enough. So today I decided to compile a spreadsheet of the long distance races I have completed and analyze the training three months prior to the race. Part of what I found surprised me, part didn’t. I have finally figured the whole cramping up thing, which is probably 75% of the problem. The new issue now is to find a way to not hit the infamous ‘wall’ after mile 20. I think I have that figured out. Looking at the data I compiled, it’s plain and simple. I need to run more miles. I knew that already, but didn’t really think about what ‘more miles’ meant. When I first started compiling the data, it was looking like I wasn’t getting enough run workouts in. That isn’t it at all.
|YEAR||FINISH||AVG||TARGET PACE||PACE FALL OFF|
|COWTOWN 50K||2016||6:16:06||12:03:00||10:00:00||mile 20|
|TULSA ROUTE 66||2015||4:40:55||10:34||9:30||mile 18|
|EL SCORCHO 50K||2014||6:47:53||13:07||-||-|
|TULSA ROUTE 66||2013||4:14||9:35||8:45||mile 17|
|BIG D||2012||4:13:06||9:39||9:00||Mile 22|
|TRAINING (3 MO PRIOR)|
|total # RUNS||18+ runs||20+ runs||Avg miles/week|
|TULSA ROUTE 66||54||1||0||32|
|EL SCORCHO 50K||48||3||3||34|
|TULSA ROUTE 66||70||3||2||48|
My first ever 26.2 is still my P.R. Part of that is that I was a newbie still and ignorant. I didn’t fall off my pace until mile 22 which is the longest I have ever held a strong steady pace. I had 7 runs of 18 miles or more during training. That is a P.R. for my training. I had the same for my first Cowtown Ultra in 2014, which I did not have a target pace, I just ran for fun but felt the best I had ever felt before during a race. I remember running an 8-9 minute mile when I was at mile 26. I didn’t hit any type of wall until around mile 28. In contrast, my worst marathon statistically was in Tulsa this past year where I didn’t have any runs of 20 miles or more during training, which is to be expected. I did do a lot of strength training that season and it did make a difference on hills. Hills were no problem. However I’m finding there is no substitute, at least for me in getting in enough long long runs. I just realized I did not include Big D Marathon 2013 which I paced even splits all the way through for a 4:15 marathon and didn't even bat an eye. I'm thinking that is because I was already marathon trained fresh off of running the Cowtown Ultra a couple months before. I think there were 2-3 18-20 mile runs between those two races. I'm actually pretty sure of it.
I was just chatting with a running buddy yesterday that I have great training runs, but my races suck. Today I found out that it is probably that I just don't have ENOUGH great traning runs. I need more of them. I’m thinking this, along with the other things I have learned along the way will eventually help me get a P.R. At some point, it will happen. So it looks like my Saturday mornings will be just a little bit more occupied now J