Thursday, July 7, 2016
24 days to Go: 5 Main Goals
Goal #1: Stay injury-free. I can't get injured. If I do, there is no time to recover and be ready for a marathon race. Key now is to not do anything stupid. No super fast runs. No super long runs. No super-anything! Don't try new things. Stay the course.
Goal #2: Stay healthy. I can't afford to get sick. If I come down with a minor cold, I can still rest and recover, but it will hurt my fitness. Basically, same rules apply to this goal as previous one--don't do anything stupid. Don't push too hard. Stay the course.
Goal #3: Inch my way toward marathon pace runs (~7:53 pace). Not too many, not too long, but I should get a couple in each week. I need to know what this pace feels like while running steadily. I need to make my body seem "OK" with this pace. With a month to go, this is the right time to shift toward marathon pace stuff. Rule of specificity.
Goal #4: One more long run. This coming weekend will be 3 weeks before the marathon. Perfect for ONE MORE LONG RUN. Not super long. Just your basic 17-18 miler. Hopefully in good weather. This will increase my confidence and also get the last training stimulus for fat-burning endurance.
Goal #5: Taper the last 3 weeks. Less overall mileage. Less long runs, but with a slight uptick in paces. After the long run, the focus needs to turn to rest, recovery, and building back overall fitness and sharpness. Nothing stupid.
Five goals. Simple. I can do this...right? Yes, it will be done.
PS: My brother, who was going to make this his first marathon, is now injured and out. Guess I'll represent the family. Let's make this a good race!