Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Hills are Alive

I spent all day Monday feeling like I should be out doing something.  Marathon training was under way, and here I was, loafing.  I assuaged my feelings of guilt and justified my decision based on my race performance.  It had, after all, only been one day.  It was a bit of relief when I actually looked at my plan and discovered that Monday is a rest day.

Yea, I’m good like that…

Tuesday was my first run back, and despite the soreness, I managed to hit my goal of 4 miles at a 10:04 pace.  I guess I should throw it out there that I am training for a sub-4 hour marathon.  My 1:52:xx at the Georgia Half Marathon suggests this is a reasonable goal.  Hell, the computer tells me my goal is 3:42.  I don’t think so.

I followed this run up with my second run on Wednesday.  The training plan called for “Hills”, and I chuckled.  Teh Training Plan doesn’t know where I live.  This, however, is where creativity comes into play in all of my training.  Rather than head out on my normal route which involves six hills, I went out the back.  I never left my immediate neighborhood, and I did 10 hills over my four mile run.  None of my hill runs have a pace target, but I was pleased to come in under 10 minute miles.  Still a little sore.

So, off with a bang!  I’m perusing my training plan trying to figure out where to fit my Vibram’s into the plan.  It looks like Tuesday is the best day for that.  Time to ease back into some minimalist running!

Wes

9 comments:

Lisa said...

And so it begins....bring on marathon training!

Molly said...

It's always good to start a build with a rest day! Sounds like you are off to a good start!

Colleen said...

Let's go for sub4 together! :)

LBTEPA said...

what fun!! :)

iJuls said...

Yay!

Jpnkn said...

In Indiana, I have to search for hills. This is like the flattest place on earth. I can't necessarily confirm that last statement with scientific evidence, but it certainly seems like the flattest place on earth.

:)

Carolina John said...

3:42 is reachable. I'm guessing you got that from the Mcmillan's time calculator? I've used that before too, and it's pretty cool.

Sub 4 is certainly within reach. It's only 9 minute miles. Hang in there.

Michelle said...

You've got that sub-4, no problem!

Karen said...

Use the stinky shoes, sorry vibrams, for your recovery run day and/or drills??

Think sub 4 is a great target :)