We are officially halfway there - 7 weeks from the race day! It's a good time to reflect on what we have done and what we have coming up. So far we have consistently gotten in 90+ min long runs and few more specific 2hr+ ones. We have also built a base of mile while working a lot on developing aerobic power with fartleks/intervals to make our stride more efficient and marathon pace feel easy.
We may have had some things come up that caused us to miss or alter the plan slightly but that is ok. Following any plan to the T rarely ever happens, even at the elite level when the sole focus of the day is training. The main focus is to be consistent over the long haul. It's best not to worry about missing any one or two workouts, but rather to think about the other days and weeks of solid running (and recovery) we have done.
I like to think of the 14 weeks as a 98 question exam. Some "questions" (like long runs and fartleks) are worth more than others, and even a subpar workout is still worth (a lot of) partial credit. We often forget that it was still work, not worthless. Also, even if the end score is a B that does not mean you will only get at max 80% of your goal time. I say it means you still have 80% chance to have a really great day, and those are pretty darn good odds.
I will say that everyone has done an excellent job laying the foundation to this point. And yet, there is still plenty more time to put in work from here on out, which is important because we will want to balance getting in more miles (not skipping easy run days/doing those mid week long runs) vs staying healthy.
It's true that running more can produce faster marathon results and it can increase the chances of accomplishing your goal time however, if injured or burnt out there is a zero percent chance of that happening. The next 5 weeks will be tough but manageable - longest fartlek, longest intervals, longest long run, a half marathon test, 3 more weeks of a longish mid week long run, and a final tune up race. So it is imperative to really focus on and be disciplined with recovery (sleep, food, stretch/massage, etc) and especially to communicate if anything *starts* to hurt. I’m checking logs about 2-3x a week but if you need something asap email me. Let's take it one day at a time until the final taper!
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