So, haven't been off spouting about marathon things lately, and since I know you are all craving an update into my training process, I figured I'd try to knock out a quick post while I had the chance.
Week 7 of training for the Des Moines Marathon is in the books. Through seven weeks, 28 possible runs, I have only missed a single run, and that was due to some extenuating circumstances. I had my shoes on ready to go out the door and something came up. The important thing is that I've been able to stay healthy, and I owe it all to Hal Higdon. For the better part of two years I ignored his advice to run easy on most runs to avoid injury. As such, I routinely missed training runs because I was hurt, either with a muscle pull or a knee strain, or something. Seven weeks in, no such issues. Just hitting my four runs a week, sometimes at race pace, other times long runs, with just a slightly sore knee, but nothing that I can't get through.
Today I finished up a 14 miler with Sparky. We've made it a point to hold each other accountable throughout training, but never more so than on Sunday's when we get together for long runs. So far, the plan is working as well as could be expected. Every long run has been at or near the goal easy pace of 10:00/mile, and I'm learning all sorts of cool spots to run in the KC area. We're both bringing the jugs of water/gatorade for that insanely refreshing post run drinking session, and so far, we're both seeing the benefits. Training with a partner is the way to go, as far I'm concerned.
As a side note, last weekend I was able to win my first age group in a race by winning the 30-34 age group in the Running for Food, Running for Health 5k in Lawrence, KS. Just a little humblebrag if you will, but I was pretty excited about it. We've got a couple of Yasso 800s sessions scheduled down the road, so we'll see how those go. Looking to get an idea of the kind of shape I'm in. Thanks for reading, and until next time...later.