The A2A marathon is a point to point race in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The Finish line is at the high school track. You start with a very humbling 25 minute buss ride to the starting line. This is my Second year to do this race. My goal was a 5 hour marathon training walk. That is what I did. I got right on pace and stayed there. I had to slow myself down several times. My Morton’s toe on my right foot gave me fits. It turned out to be a warm day. Mid 70’s. I adjusted my S-cap intake to one every 45 minutes. It sounds funny to call a Marathon easy. For me this race was easy. Just the race I needed for my 100 miles in 24 hour training. I will take a carbon copy of this race in four weeks at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. My finish time was 4:59:12.
Almost Done. Form looks good.
This week 47.2 Miles
Saturday March 21st – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 61 push-ups, 20 minutes of Planks
New modified Taper Starts
Sunday March 22nd – 20.0 miles LSD in 4:31:20. Foam roller workout.
Monday March 23rd – 4.8 miles
Tuesday March 24th – 4.8 miles
Wednesday March 25th – 8.0 Miles LSD in 1:42:40
Thursday March 26th – 4.8 miles, foam roller workout.
Friday March 27th – Date night with my Wife!
My next Marathon is coming up Sunday. The forecast is 70 degrees at noon. 10 mph south wind. A little warm and windy for a record breaking attempt. Just a nice Marathon training walk day. I will try for a nice steady pace 11:20. Finish just under 5 hours. Perfect for my 100 mile race training. An up paced Sunday walk. Quick recovery and then back to work. My legs feel good. Not as good as before my last race. Feeling the extra miles this month. Excited to race another Marathon. Races are just plain FUN!
This week 55.2 Miles.
Saturday March 14th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 62 push-ups, 20 minutes of Planks
Sunday March 15th – 24.0 miles LSD in 5:17:07. 3 sets of 25 Squats
Monday March 16th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag
Tuesday March 17th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 63 push-ups, 20 minutes of Planks
Wednesday March 18th – 12.0 Miles in 2:22:07. 3 sets of 25 squats
Thursday March 19th – 4.8 miles in light rain, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag
Friday March 20th – Date night with my Wife!
Another great high mileage week. An old problem has resurfaced. My peroneal tendinosis on my right ankle has flared up again. Interesting it does not bother me walking. It just hurts the rest of the time. My last flare up in December went away on its own. I am going to wish this flare up away. No time to rest it. Just over one week to the A2A Marathon. The race day forecast will determine how I race this marathon. With a north wind the A2A is a good race for a personal best. A big down hill start. The course runs 19 miles toward the south. If we have high south winds I will use the Marathon as a supported training day. Last year had gusty south winds. I suffered with ham string cramps the last four miles. I had a fast start but did not allow for the extra work pushing that headwind. Lesson learned.
Me with both legs cramping after last years A2A Marathon. My wife took this photo. She has had a lot of fun with it.
This week 63.2 Miles
Saturday March 7th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 61 push-ups, 20 minutes of Planks
Sunday March 8th – 32.0 miles LSD in 7:05:14 My virtual 50K for my Cowtown medal and finisher shirt, 3 sets of 25 Squats
Monday March 9th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag
Tuesday March 10th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 61 push-ups, 20 minutes of Planks
Wednesday March 11th – 12.0 Miles in 2:29:31. 3 sets of 25 squats
Thursday March 12th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag
Friday March 13th – Date night with my Wife!
A great high mileage week for me. I am working out a plan for a new race taper. I need a taper with more miles in it. I need the miles for my 100 miles in 24 hour race training. I also want to race well at my next two marathons. Trying to find the right balance. My taper is coming up in just over a week.
This week 41.9 Miles
Saturday February 28th – 2.4 miles shakeout Walk on the treadmill because of a snow storm.
Sunday March 1st – 13.1 Miles in 2:21:56 at the snow and Ice shortened Cowtown 50K
Monday March 2nd – 4.8 Miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag.
Tuesday March 3rd – 4.8 Miles, 5 sets 61 push-ups, 20 minutes of Planks
Wednesday March 4th – 12 Miles in 2:40:00 on the Treadmill because of a March Blizzard.
Thursday March 5th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag
Friday March 6th – Date night with my Wife!
Skipped my regular recovery this week after my race. The half Marathon was not that hard on me. The Cowtown race committee is going to allow a virtual 50K to claim the Race metal and shirt we would have earned. I will do my virtual 50K this Sunday. I really need that 31 miles for my Centurion attempt training. Thanks Cowtown.
March 1st, The Cowtown 50K in Fort Worth, Texas. Fort Worth had a snow and freezing rain event two days before the Race. A big hats off to the Cowtown race committee and volunteers for clearing a half marathon course for us. So my 50K turned into a half Marathon. To be honest I did not know how to approach racing a half marathon. Last summer I spent so much time working on speed and half marathons I burned out my legs. Speed walking just takes me too long to recover from. I knew I did not want to burn out my legs. I did not want to slip and hurt anything on the ice. So, I raced by feel. I felt great. Wet roads and loose sand does not help the toe push needed to race walk. Slush makes your socks wet. I found my last Marathon pace easy to hold this race. I had a nice boost of speed the last 3 miles. So, I had a very good Half Marathon. 2:21:56. My legs feel great. I am going to walk easy a couple of days then jump back into my training. Skip my regular recovery week. Just under 4 weeks to the A2A Marathon.