I am thrilled with my overall progress towards my goal of running the Fairfield Half-Marathon in 1:20 on June 23. And it is reassuring that after a week of suffering with a fever and coughing, I am healthy once again as confirmed by last week’s 50 miles of quality workouts.
Over the past 8 weeks, the important positives for me are:
- Building my aerobic base with 341 miles in 8 weeks, including two 50-mile weeks (before and after my 30-mile week when I was ill).
- Maintaining consistency with 52 of 56 days (93%) running (2 days sick, 2 days conservative break).
Extended long runs from initially 8 miles to 17 miles over first 6 weeks, now running 17 miles every other week.
- Adding tempo runs with short runs at 6-minute goal race pace and 8-mile runs at slower pace (ran 8 miles at 6:28 pace last week).
- Staying healthy and avoiding injury with hard/easy days and weeks, stretching, core exercises, strength training, lots of sleep and wholesome nutrition. Minor setback in week 7 was illness that cost me two training days.
- Enjoying setting goals and exploring the limits of the human mind and body and having fun learning and adapting based on feedback.
The last two points cannot be overemphasized. I am pushing my body long and hard and being smart about what makes sense and what does not. It requires a tremendous focus and self-awareness – being in touch with physical and mental boundaries – and pushing against those boundaries and recognizing when to back off. Because I am goal-oriented and competitive, I cannot ignore feedback and must adapt based on that feedback, otherwise I risk not achieving my goal.