|When Wheels "Fall" Off|
Panoramic Mosaic Running
The overall approach is to develop a larger base by layering weeks upon weeks of easy runs and marathon goal pace running while sprinkling in some slightly faster 'reminders' with strides and even some formal "off weeks" below goal pace (at very low volumes). This should be enough to maintain the majority of leg speed I have worked to develop this summer. The idea being to provide a positive perspective to the marathon pace running which is the majority of the work.
You know, 6 months seems like a long time in the mind. It seems long enough to be very abstract. In that time many things will change: different climate, different life circumstances, probably even all different clothes, (at least the socks)... a whole new year even... But- as the schedule for workouts is devised and revised you can see that 6 months is a very short time to develop the physiological systems while providing adequate rest weeks as well.
It's a tricky business this planning... which is probably why I usually leave it up to the expert, my wife!
There are a couple of ways to approach the running of a race, specifically the Boston Marathon. You can take it all in and enjoy it, or you can train hard and race it. My approach will be to make it impossible to distinguish between the two methods. As I progress, I will work to be in the best shape I can be for the course and then hope for good conditions.
- If I reach my A-standard I will have run 2:50:xx
- The middle ground is sub-3. I feel confident 2:50-2:59:59 is my range for expected finish.
- The safety net goal is to BQ and not die. So, 3:10 & return to my room mostly upright and breathing.