When I was training for the San Diego marathon in 2006 I had an AHA! moment. I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was running down Tucker Road...listening to my mp3 player (hadn't yet upgraded to an ipod), and all of a sudden it hit me like a ton of BRICKS. It was that moment when I knew and felt in every inch of my body that I was ready for that marathon. I could see myself crossing the finish line...I could hear the bystanders cheering me in....I could feel the tears of victory streaming down my face at that very moment. I knew I was ready.
Fast forward to a few months ago, and let's re-hash Snickers. One thing that has dawned on me is that I never had that "AHA" moment. I never once felt like I was ready (and if I told you that I did, I was totally lying). I never once felt like I had done everything possible to make the marathon a success. I mean, I knew I'd finish, and I really thought I'd PR. But, what I never thought about was whether I had really done everything possible to PR. I knew I had done everything to finish, but doing everything possible to PR was never on my radar. And honestly, I don't think...no I KNOW, I didn't have a clue what I even needed to do to PR. I just knew I needed to run. Period.
So what to do now? Well, I put this handy dandy schedule together that includes hill work, speedwork, tempo runs, races, etc. I modified the Hal Higdon 12 week Spring Training Program to meet my crazy schedule. But, even doing that (which I started this week by the way) I still didn't feel like I had a clue how to PR. I just have run on the brain.
Today, Tommy sent me an email link to a RW chart that gave me that AHA! moment I had been looking for. Click here to see the chart. And then I started to wonder if this chart was the same as the McMillan Running Calculator that I hear lots of smarter-than-me people talk about. Click here for that one. And holy cow! Why didn't I listen to any of them before???? No wonder I didn't PR!
I'm just totally astounded and amazed that all of this information was waiting there like a ton of bricks over my head, but I never looked up to watch it drop.
I had that AHA! moment today and although my next marathon is MONTHS away, I totally feel like I'm ready now!
Thanks to all the people who do more research than me and have time to sit still and read articles. Without you guys I would be suffering through one more marathon when I didn't have to!
Plan for the week:
Monday: Cross training (done! stairmaster rocks)
Tuesday: Hill work
Wednesday: 3 mile easy pace (and holy cow, NOW I know what my easy pace should be!)
Thursday: 40 minute tempo (again, HOLY COW, now I know what to do!)
Friday: 6 mile easy pace
Saturday: Cherry Blossom 15k (yes, HOLY COW, now I know what I should be doing to pace myself)
I bet this is exactly what Christopher Columbus felt like when he discovered the world was round.....
Have a great week!