Last week capped 3 weeks in which I averaged 7-8 miles per day (8-9 if you exclude my prescribed day off each week). I plan to settle into this sort of schedule for the foreseeable future and see how I adjust. I have a couple of trips coming up which will limit training to a degree, but I expect to stick around these numbers (maybe running as high as 65 mpw) until the end of the year. I also don’t expect to get on the track anytime soon and instead just work on my base. Maybe by December, I will feel comfortable getting on the oval, but I’d prefer to get in some workouts on the towpath first.
I am now running in the Brooks Pure Flow and the Saucony Kinvara. I’m no longer running in the Merrell Trail Glove. I have had ZERO pain in my leg while running and I continue to perform stretch/strength work.
If things progress the way I hope they will, my plan will be to “race up” to, and peak at, the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in April. My goal will be to PR and to prove that this entire year of injury was simply a small speck of annoyance in the greater scheme of things. By “race up”, I mean I’ll run my normal spring race schedule -– Shamrock 5k, Van Meter 5 Miles, Pikes Peek 10k -- excluding anything on the track, and use those races to get my legs use to running sub-5:00 pace for extended periods of time. Essentially, I am retired from track racing and will now begin to shift towards the marathon more and more. No more miles and no more 5,000s. I won’t rule out a 10,000m if the right race comes before me, but right now I’d like to focus by running fast on the roads. If things go well, I might run a half later in the spring…possibly the USATF Half Marathon Championships in Duluth, MN in June. My personal best for 13.1 is pathetic compared to my 10-mile time.
Next fall, I see myself racing 26.2 again. There seems to be only one place to go if you want to run a fast ‘thon in the fall.
I am getting way ahead of myself, but I need to have clear plans and goals.