I had a goal for the Portland Marathon. Run it with an average pace under 10 minute miles. I’m not sure if I can say I did this. Officially, I think I am now at 10:04min/mile, but there was the whole error in the course, so that throws everything off. My watch says 9:55min/mile.
Now I need to focus on my next marathon, the California International Marathon (CIM). I still want to be under 10 min/miles. I am going to go big and hope for 9:30. I was averaging that for quite a few miles of the Portland Marathon. The big hill where I walked affected my pace a lot. And also the time were I stopped to walk and had to convince myself to push on.
I’m giving myself two weeks of easy running. If I don’t run, it’s no big deal. After Portland my legs weren’t too bad. They were sore, but I could walk. I ran a little in the middle of week right after the marathon, and have done a few hikes. Yesterday I did 3 easy miles, but also added in some segments at a faster pace – nothing too crazy.
I’ve created a short training plan, 6 weeks long, to get me to the CIM. The major workouts include:
- Two longer distance runs. Hopefully one 16 miler, and one 16-20 miler.
- A half marathon (this falls on the day of the 16-20 mile run, so at least I will get in 13.1 miles!)
- Intervals and hill repeats. These alternate every other week.
- A tempo run each week. I’ve used the last few weeks of the Hanson’s Marathon Method as a guide, however this isn’t set in stone, if I don’t feel good, I won’t run.
- Goal A: Finish at a 9:30min/mile average pace. Goal time: 4:10:00
- Goal B: Finish at/under a 10min/mile pace. Time: 4:22:00
- Goal C: Finish.
Now, I just need my legs to recover and get back into training!