12 miles, 1:59:47
Today’s long run marked the end of my first “official” week of Dopey Challenge training. I’m “roughly” following Hal Higdon’s Dopey Plan, with some adjustments to accommodate upcoming races and travel between now and the big weekend in January.
I’ve trained to run three other marathons (Las Vegas Rock-n-Roll Marathon, Walt Disney World Marathon, St. George Marathon), mostly with the goal of just finishing. For St. George I wanted to finish under 5 hours, since I was over that mark for my other two marathons.
The problem is, I have a half marathon time that says I should be running a much faster marathon. My PR of 1:58 this year suggests a marathon time of roughly 4:06. But I have historically under-performed at the marathon distance. Five weeks before St. George, I finished the Disneyland Half Marathon in 2:04. That suggested a full marathon time of roughly 4:18, a far cry from the 4:50 I actually ran.
Now I know that the Dopey Challenge in and of itself does not present an ideal PR opportunity. Far from it. BUT, I would still like to finish in a time that is, well, faster than 4:50, and closer to 4:10. Really. I know, it’s crazy, but I’m shootin’ for the stars here. But to do this, I know I need to approach my training differently. Following Higdon’s plan is the first step (before I put together plans based on a mish-mosh of advice from running magazines, running websites, and other running resources). There are other things I plan to do different; these are my Dopey promises:
- I will stick with the plan to the best of my ability.
- I will adjust my pace when the plan calls for it – race pace means race pace.
- I will monitor my weight – and not gain weight! (I have gained weight during every other marathon training cycle.)
- I will eat clean, eat nutritious, and eat smart.
- I will log my meals; I will adjust my intake based on my caloric output, meaning some days I’ll eat more, some days I’ll eat less.
- I will take the damn ice bath after my long run.
- I will ice sore muscles immediately after a run if they suggest they might lead to an injury (lateral shin splints have been my nemesis recently).
- I will stretch every evening.
- I will foam roll every evening.
- I will rest when it is time to rest.
I may be adding to this list, things like a monthly sports massage or reflexology. I just want to make sure I am taking care of my whole self as a begin this truly crazy, Goofy, Dopey adventure!