One of my first thoughts after crossing the finish line at the Portland Marathon was that I need to run more.
Not necessarily more long runs, but more miles in general.
As you know, Portland was my first marathon and I’m a slow runner.
The more time you spend on your feet, the greater your risk for injury. As a slow runner, I spend about double the amount of time on my feet running the same mileage that faster runners like my coach does.
What does that mean? My highest weekly mileage during marathon training was (I think) 42 miles and I only ventured into the 40s once. Most weeks my total mileage was in the low to mid-30s, and about half of those miles would come from my long run.
While many people will run much higher weekly mileage during marathon training, this was a good plan for me because my #1 goal for the marathon was to get there injury free and my #2 goal was to finish uninjured.
It’s now been two whole months since the marathon. I’m feeling good and I’m making changes to improve my running capabilities! 🙂
Last week I ran 32 miles, only 11 of which came from my long run. Slowly increasing my weekly mileage, specifically my weekday runs, is a big goal of mine right now.
Why? Because the more you do something the better you get at it! Or at least that’s the basic philosophy I’m subscribing to right now.
Of course, I’m still doing dedicated speedwork days AND I’m still working on eliminating my walk breaks.
Most days I do 2:1 run/walk intervals, a system that I’ve been using for over a year.
Last winter I eliminated my walking breaks (for runs shorter than 5 miles) for a while because the cooler air gives me more energy? It seems that way, anyway. However, as soon as the weather started warming up again I went back to the intervals.
This year I’m going to try hard to break the habit and not bring it back!
So those are the basic changes I’ve been working on since the Portland Marathon back in October. Hopefully these changes will help me scoop up a marathon PR in 2015! 🙂
Speaking of changes, last week I cut five inches of hair off!
And I put up my mini Christmas tree at work!
Man, so many changes! I’m getting crazy over here! I really need to calm down. Somebody please give me a chill pill!
Will you be making any changes to your training for 2015? (I can’t believe we’re about to be in year 2015! That’s like… the future! haha!)