The past few weeks, my mileage went: 14, 4, 20, 50, 60, 63. Guess when I started feeling better! This is a critical week; will I improve a bit, stay the same, or start going backward? Ideally, I'd like to get my mileage to 70-75 miles per week, which would put me in 3 hour marathon (and 5 minute mile) shape - if I keep my total time spent running constant. But have I hit a limit? I'm in about 3:20-3:25 marathon shape. Would I be happy staying there? Some days I think I would (when I remember how the year's gone so far), but part of me just hates the idea that my true competitive days are over.
If I've reached a plateau, then I'd have to alter my training soon. Instead of running for two hours five days per week, I'd switch to five days of about 80-90 minutes and one very long run. I'm tempted to try something else, though. Every coach would have me add just a little speed work - Hudson would add a few hill sprints, Daniels would add strides (as would Pfitzinger), Lydiard would add fartlek, even Galloway would add some form work. I like running fast, but I think it'd cause undue stress now, when I really just need to get some consistency in mileage and pace. Adding the long run will undoubtedly slow my average for the week, but the shorter runs on the other days could make up for it. And what about just adding some rolling hills to my runs, or speeding up for 5-10 minutes at the end of some runs, a la Hudson's progression runs?
We'll see. I just need to get through the week. Let's not lose track of what we're doing by looking ahead (easier said than done).
I'm working on my list of best songs of the year. I have it narrowed down to 50 right now.
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