There’s a fine line between perseverating on what is already done, and talking on and on about what’s gonna happen next. When I was in high school my crew coach had a 24 hour rule – after that amount of time had lapsed, all discussions of the last race must end. I also don’t want to the that guy who talks big about plans for the future with low accountability if things don’t work out. Today I’m going to gently break both those conventions.
But first, this week’s mileage. I’m trying out a new charting system that dynamically generates plots within posts (raw data is always available on my Daily Mile page). I think I like this better than the screenshot jpgs I was using before on mileage sunday posts.
Below is some data I pulled off my GPS watch, comparing splits by mile for my last two marathon attempts and the final long run that preceded them. Higher values on the y-axis are bigger mile splits, and thus slower speeds. My goal for the races was to finish with a sub 8:22 split (a 3:40 marathon). You can see for the green & blue lines (Green Bay & Bayshore) I was roughly in that area for the first 13 miles before stuff hit the fan. I’m not sure if it’s important or informative but I can tell from here that the first five miles of Bayshore were taken at a slightly easier pace than the first five of Green Bay. Perhaps that came into play as the temps increased.
Anyway. On to talking about what’s next. The 48 miles this week ends week 2 of 18 for my “New England Double” plan – I’ll be running the New Hampshire Marathon on September 29th and if I’m able & the body is willing, the next day I’ll be running in the Maine Marathon. I’ve never tried anything like this before but am sure it’s doable – plenty of others have done it and honestly if I put my mind to training for a 50 mile ultra run between now and then I could pull that off too. I’m going to be making a bit of a change in my training strategy that I think will help me get to a point where I can race twice in a weekend, by adopting a modified Hansons Running Advanced plan (see this on their Something of Substance strategy).
Song of the week, DJ Shadow, Mashin’ on the Motorway.