I finished writing my training schedule for the Mankato Marathon and then I went back over it and drew a line through about a third of it. Even at that, I'm thinking, "Well, sure, if I could do half those workouts, of course I could break 3 hours." This is a strange new world for me.
My usual way of training is to try to be efficient, do as little training as possible that gives a chance of success. Unfortunately, that usually means a 1-in-a-million chance; I aim for an unrealistically high goal, fall short, then spend the next winter convincing myself that I did okay.
This time, I'm looking at a very challenging goal and trying to set myself up so I could achieve it without really trying once race day comes. This creates a new problem - it's likely that I'll peak way too early and/or burn out before race day. I was going through Brad Hudson's book again and noting that he thinks Americans tend to peak too early because they're doing too much specific training too early in their schedules. In his marathon schedules, runners don't do marathon paced running until 3 weeks before the race, but they do a lot of half-marathon paced training. For me, that just leads to doing the first half of the marathon close to half-marathon speed and dying at 16-18 miles.
I'm going to have to expect to not complete at least one workout each week, to keep on target. Planned failure! This is very strange, indeed.
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