First, let's look at marathon comparisons:
Clearly this is an internet calculator based on a bunch of random variables. But marathon running is based on a lot of random variables. So because this calculator makes it look like I got a BQ in the bag, I like it. The Georgia marathon is super hilly. And I think the coldest year I was wearing this:
It drizzled lightly for half the race and I was still warm. No space blanket needed.
So I am kind of hoping that while it's not too cold ('cause I'm a wuss) that the chilly weather will make me a little faster. And the fact that the elevation changes are about a billion times easier than Atlanta should help.
I pulled together my paper training logs today:
I mostly started using it to log mileage and some workout data, but there are some key facts missing from some of my runs. But I was able to create a table with some usable data.
|Fastest Mile Repeat||7:41||7:09||7:30||6:42||6:54|
The numbers in the left column are long runs 10-20 milers. Everything else is pretty self-explanatory...to a runner anyway. This isn't a perfect table because my overage mileage has increased--i.e. more mile repeats, longer tempos. But the gist is there.
There are a couple of takeaways from this.
-I consistently run LSDs too fast. Who am I racing out there??
-I should have run a faster half last month based on this data, but then again, I do stop/start my watch for stoplights and when I refill my water bottles.
-I should have run a faster marathon in 2012. Guess I got complacent or something...Oh wait, that was I had lost my mojo and it was like, 80 degrees.
-Why have I not BQ'ed yet?
After this cutback week, I have one more 20 miler left on the schedule. And then I taper down. This past March I had a 2.5 week taper and I felt really good going into the race. Depending on my work schedule, I will try to aim to get that last 20 miler in around the same time.
Then it will be time for me to really start to obsess. I am already obsessing about racing with my iPod--which I have never done before. I always train with music, it makes me happy, and I think I might really want it when the spectators thin out in Rehoboth. I just have to ensure that I have all my good songs loaded onto one play list so I am not losing time trying to skip songs.
The other obsession is what to wear. I hate being hot when I run, but I don't want to lose limbs because of my southern naivety. I don't want to toss something keeping me warm if I need it later, but I don't want to run with stuff around my waist. Please, there is enough junk in the trunk...
Anyway, I'll obsess more when I am tapering. And bother Loopville with all my questions. You'd think after 5 marathons I'd know what I was doing. Lolololololol.