I feel like the last 8-9 weeks have flown by. I try and think about this cycle between Wineglass and now, and I can't wrap my head around it all. It's definitely been a roller coaster- between recovery, dealing with aches and pains (which, knock on wood- didn't turn into injuries) and the general highs and lows of training. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't proud of this, I didn't know how it would all turn out this time around- but I feel like I have done everything I could to get me to the start line this Sunday as prepared (& healthy) as possible.
A few things, first the top chart does NOT include this week or the marathon this Sunday because the report isn't going to generate anything I haven't done yet. Second, don't make fun of my shady looking training the first time around- my old miles and training habits is a whole other topic for another day.
My thoughts on comparing cycles:
1. I generally ran MUCH less mileage than I do now anyways so the mileage difference doesn't surprise me all that much. (Averaged 28.27/wk from Rochester-->Harrisburg 2011, and this time around (going off 340 total estimate)I averaged 37.7/wk)
2. The BIGGEST & most important difference(for me) between these 2 cycles is the number of runs at or above 10 miles. I have really found that increasing the distance of my base runs makes a HUGE training difference. (Not including the marathons, there were only 6 runs at or above 10 the first time around and this time there were 12)
3. The one thing I did have the first time that I didn't this time, was a half marathon race. Yes, I ran the Empire State Half Marathon between Wineglass and CIM this year but I ran that with my sister and not as a race. Halves are great tune up races, so that was one thing I would have changed this time around.
4. One thing that neither of these charts show is my cross training(but there was a lot of it). File this under "the worst thing a runner can do is just run"-- Cross training really helped me get workouts in, but lessen the pounding of the joints. Big recommendation from me if you want to run races close together--find a form of cross training you like.
5. It makes me smile how far I have come in the last 2 years, slowly but surely I am learning the best ways to train for ME. I may not run drastic miles, but I have found this works for me- and I am ok with that. I know people who run less miles than me and are faster, I also know people who run more miles than me and are slower. It's all relative and it's all based on what works for YOU. At the end of the day I am proud of my training, I am proud of my accomplishments--but I also know that I have a long way to go :)
So at this point the work is done. A few smaller runs the rest of this week, some packing and getting ready and before you know it I will be hopping on a plane. I feel confident in a good race Sunday, I feel more confident that no matter what it is going to be an incredible weekend. Maybe I have a strong race and get that 3:15 I have been chasing, maybe I don't- but either way I still get to run, and I still get to enjoy each and every step of the way.
Have you ever looked back at your old training logs?
Last minute playlist additions I need please? Hit me with the tunes!
What is one 'training' piece of the puzzle you found really works for you?