Saturday, March 4, 2017

Time to Move to Strength-Speed

It's now time to move into a new phase of training for the half-marathon. From a focus more on speed to one based on strength and stamina. The 400m, 800m, and mile repeats are replaced with race-pace tempo like runs (4-6 miles at 7:01 pace) and longer tempo repeats at slightly faster than race pace: 2 x 3-miles and 3 x 2-miles (at 6:45-6:50 pace). Only 7 weeks to race day and the Illinois Half-Marathon. Still hopeful for a 1:32 finish, but it's looking harder each day. If I ran today, I think I'd notch a 1:37 or so. Good thing I still have 7 weeks to train! If I finish around 1:38, that sets me up for a reasonable chance at a 3:25 marathon later this year.

Time to train. Endurance plus stamina.

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