|National 1/2 Marathon 2009|
Monday – 10.5 miles outside
Tuesday – 4.5 miles outside
Wednesday – 0 miles
Thursday – 0 miles
Friday – 5 treadmill miles
Saturday – 16 treadmill miles
Sunday – 0 miles – rest day
Training is in full effect now for Boston Marathon and National Marathon!! Yes I did just say National Marathon. I’m excited and proud to announce that I was chosen to be a RunDC National Marathon Ambassador!! [If you have any questions about the race feel free to ask me!!!]
When I was initially asked to be an ambassador for the race I had wrongly assumed it was four weeks out from Boston. I agreed to represent the race and run the half. After a closer look at the calendar I realized it was three weeks out when I would need to be doing my longest long run before taper time. I decided the best option was to turn the marathon into my last very long run before Boston.
Last year I served as the Director of Volunteers and the year before that I ran the 1/2. I’m excited to experience the race from yet another perspective.
As for the doubling up of my races:
I’ve doubled up on marathons many times before but I don’t recommend it for most people. In my opinion in order to double up on marathons you have to consider many different factors all of which are unique to the individual. Here’s why it works for me and my body and why it may/may not work for your body.
I have never been injured. REPEAT. Never injured. I have at times felt some aches and pains, like my IT band, tight quads, sore arches, etc. I have never however had to stop running due to an injury. I credit this to a couple of different things, that we can get into at a later date if anyone cares.
I don’t expect PR’s at both races, though it has happened numerous times. I pick one race to be the target race, whether it is the one before or the one after, and focus my training on that race and that race alone. I consider the other one a ‘for fun race.’ In this case I don’t plan on being anywhere near PR shape for either race, so the pressure is off. I can run both races strong and use them as a base for this fall when I hope to set some new PR’s.
While I certainly do not run as many miles a week as I would like to run, I normally run at least 30 miles a week. If your mileage is 20 miles a week or less I DO NOT recommend doubling up on marathons. Your body can not handle the pounding and you are likely to injure yourself.
My main goal in running is to make sure I can do it for life. If you gave me two options right now – a. go under 3:00 in the marathon or b. run till I’m in my 70’s 80’s and beyond. I’d pick option b. Simply put I want to make sure I am physically capable of running the rest of my life. I’m not going to tack on extra races just to say I could do them if they will hurt me in the long run.
Which brings another point to light. I am not saying that if your mileage is under 20 miles a week that you could not run two marathons back to back. You probably could. I’m telling you it’s not smart.
When I was in highschool and wanted to do something that my friends were doing I’d say to my mom oh but amy and sarah are doing it and she would say to me, well you aren’t amy and sarah. Just because you read about me, or some other blogger attempting and having success at crazy things, doesn’t mean you should do it. You have to consider what works best for your body. You are not your friend.
Maybe you read this and you think – hey I run 45 miles a week every week, I’ve been running for 15 years and I haven’t been injured lately – maybe I could run back to back marathons. If you came to me and asked my opinion I would say that you are a good candidate!
My point is not to discourage you from running races, but to advise you that you must listen to what your own body is telling you, not what you see others doing.
That being said, if you want to copy me here is my long run [subject to change] plan.
01/01/11 12 miles
01/08/11 14 miles
01/15/11 14 miles
01/22/11 16 miles
01/29/11 16 miles
02/05/11 18 miles
02/12/11 18 miles
02/19/11 14 miles
02/26/11 20 miles
03/05/11 20 miles
03/12/11 16 miles
03/19/11 12 miles
03/26/11 National Marathon – 26.2
04/02/11 16 miles
04/09/11 12 miles
04/18/11 BOSTON MARATHON – 26.2
This plan gives me only 1 step back week, but allows me to fit in 2 20 mile runs prior to National Marathon, with a 3 weeks taper before that race and a three week cycle back taper for Boston. My body thus far has handled minimal step back weeks during marathon training. I personally have seen more benefits from the super long runs, than I have from stepping back down to 12 – 14 a handful of times. This is an example of altering your plan to fit what works best for your body and not following a cookie cutter one-size-fits-all training plan.
If you are signed up for National Marathon, Half Marathon or Relay you might have noticed that they featured all of the RunDC Ambassadors in this months e-newsletter. I loved the blurb they wrote about me!
9. Dorothy Beal, South Riding, VA
Dorothy is running the National Marathon. She has served as the Director of Volunteers for the 2010 SunTrust National Marathon and is currently a Saucony Ambassador. She writes the popular blog, www.mile-posts.blogspot.com. Dorothy is quite the speedy runner and qualified for the Boston Marathon only six months after having her second child.
So what’s the 6:32 and 6:22? Tuesday I did my run a mile fast to see where my fitness is at mile. It was cold, windy and was starting to sleet. I managed to push out a 6:32 mile. 10 seconds faster than the mile I did 2 weeks before. I was proud of myself, but felt that I could have gone faster if the conditions had been better. I just couldn’t get it out of my head so I attempted another fast mile on the treadmill at the end of my run on Friday. I got up to top speed prior to the last mile to ensure that the mile was indeed what my target goal time was. 6:22 – for the 5th mile of my run. 20 seconds faster than I was at 8 weeks post-partum.
I’m being honest when I tell you I did not anticipate my fitness would return this fast. 10 weeks ago I was struggling to run 10 minute miles. I just ran a 6:22 mile, 28 seconds off of my mile PR of 5:54 set last summer. I hope this serves as an encouragement to anyone who is currently pregnant and worried about loosing their fitness.
You don’t have to run like a crazy person the entire time you are pregnant. Listen to your body. Let it rest when it needs to. Even fast walking while pregnant helps you maintain fitness and keep your mind in the right fitness mind frame. Remember my goal? Runner for life? There is no need to push yourself hard when you are pregnant. Allow your body to do it’s main job, growing and nourishing a new little life.
|Director of Volunteers 2010|