Week 8 of my training cycle starts today. 5 more weeks before Romeo 2 Richmond Half Marathon and 10 weeks out from the Detroit Half Marathon.
Sub 2:00 or Bust
I’ve been fairly obedient in my training program, but I’m still not sure if a sub 2:00 finish time is within reach. My speed workouts have been right on point.; my strength training has dropped to nearly non-existent; and my long runs have been off and on. I just keep trotting along, though.
Last Friday was a smack in the face, 4 miles at race pace (9:00). My watch was dead and my phone was too big for my pocket, so I timed it off my microwave and took a route I knew to be 4 miles. a third in, I felt like I could pick up the pace and did. I was pushing pretty hard and by the final mile, I pulled back a bit. It felt tough, but I was certain I was running 8:30s, maybe faster. I get back inside and see that I was gone for exactly 36 minutes. That was race pace? I have to run that pace for 9.1 miles further? I’m screwed.
During this latest training cycle, I’m trying something a little different from from the past. No food before I run and no gels/nutrition during my run. So if my run is in the morning, I won’t eat anything at all. If I’m working out during lunch, I’ll only have had a light breakfast (< 200 cal).
Last year while training for my first full, I was trying a lot of different things: gels, waffles, chia seed smoothies. Once my long runs reached 13+ miles, I found myself eating more than I needed. So this time around, I’m keeping it minimal. My runs are never over 13 miles and should never last longer than 2-2.5 hours. Those long runs are low intensity, so I shouldn’t need anything. I’ll keep a gel on me in case I get light-headed, but really I shouldn’t be close to that edge.
What do I hope to see from this? Not sure really. Maybe for my body to adapt and be more efficient on less fuel. Maybe a longer period of ketosis/fat burning? Maybe I’ll get a few more miles into my races before my brain is flooded with cravings.
One thing is for sure, a certain Jackson Browne song will be playing in my head more.
I mentioned on Twitter that I had a goal for the month of August:
New month, new goals. No alcohol/beer, pop, or fast food for the next 31 days. And of course I just found out today is National IPA Day.
— Johnny B (@RunRunJohnny) August 1, 2013
Depending on your definition of fast food, I’ve stuck to it (Subway gets a pass). I’ve come close, but haven’t cracked a single beer. I did however succumb to pop. The family took a trip to Frankenmuth, where we spotted Butterbeer (Butterscotch Cream Soda). We all wanted to try it. I had a few swigs, but it was too sweet. That night at dinner I had a glass of bar fountain “Coke”. I also bought a bottle of Sarsaparilla Soda that was made into a float the next night. So that was it, 36 hours of weakness, and it wasn’t very satisfying.
As always, you can follow me on MyFitnessPal and yell at me if you see a Coke pop up on my food log.