Or, Catch a Falling Star and Put it in Your Pocket: The story of one man’s accumulation of miles for the purpose of racing a fast marathon on the course where he ran his slowest.
Running so far this year (in weeks):
Jan 21: 19 miles at Uwharrie
Jan 28: 20 miles on Chinqua Penn loop
Feb 4:20 miles of local hills
Feb 11: 10 miles on greenway, 10 miles on Umsteadish trails
Feb 18: 18 miles at Umstead
Speedwork (1/week, with a warmup and cooldown)
Jan 25: Hill repeats, 50ft up over .17mi x 10
Jan 31: Tempo, 4mi @ 6:25 pace
Feb 7: One and Ones (one minute hard, one minute recover) x18
Feb 15: Hilly tempo, 5mi @ 7:10 pace
Feb 21: Farris Park tempo, 4mi @ 6:45 pace
Feb 25: Easy hill tempo, 9mi @ 7:00 pace
All other miles run within an 8-10 minute pace (a few as slow as a 14 minute pace). Many with Sunny.
I did a few pushups.
I’m guessing my meals overall would likely break down to 35% carbs, 35% protein, 30% fat. Maybe 40-35-25. Lots of oatmeal, fruit, nuts, salad, veggies, and meat. No soda, only rare binges on sweets, unless you count dates as a sweet. Then binges are frequent. I weighed 135 on the day of registration. As of Feb 26, I weigh 132.
The last three chapters of Heinrich’s Why We Run.
Finally finished The Bunion Derby.
Learning about the many things running can be in Peter Nabokov’s Indian Running.
Pick any random page of George Sheehan’s Running and Being.
Last year I finished in 4:23. I expect to beat that by an hour.
There it is. Let’s see what happens.