What a great Marathon. Both humbling and exhilarating. Humbling when you think about the needless loss of Life. Exhilarating when you see all the racers, support staff and folks out cheering. Perfect day for a Marathon. Cool, overcast and enough wind to keep you cool. I used the 5 hour marathon pacer for this race. Lined up right behind the 5 hour group. We started slow even for me. It was just so crowded. Just after mile two we got on a larger boulevard. My pacer hits a 10:30 pace. I guess he was making up the lost time. Next water stop he stops and everyone drinks. Once again he takes off on that 10:30 pace. By mile 7 this is the pattern. Stop for breaks and race to the next break. I can’t race like that. So for the next 8 miles the 5 hour group and I take turns passing each other. At this point is a long steep hill over a freeway. I hear the pacer say, we have banked a minute and a half. We will walk this hill. Not me, I racewalked as fast as I could up the hill. I was trying to put some distance between them and me. I felt so good in high gear I kept up the pace to the finish. Another easy feeling marathon. I wore new model shoes. Altra Torin 2.0’s. Put about 40 break in miles on them the last two weeks. I got a hot spot on my right inside heel. Might have jumped the gun a little on using those shoes for a Marathon. This was the most enjoyable Marathon I have done. I relished every part of the race. Soaked it all up. Finished in 4:53:54.
This week 47.2 Miles
Saturday April 18th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 64 push-ups, 20 minutes of Planks
Sunday April 19th – 20.0 miles LSD in 4:24:15. Foam roller workout.
Monday April 20th – 4.8 miles
Tuesday April 21st – 4.8 miles
Wednesday April 22nd – 8.0 Miles LSD in 1:45:03.
Thursday April 23rd – 4.8 miles, foam roller workout.
Friday April 24th – Date night with my Wife!
A great taper week. Looking forward to the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Same game plan as my last Marathon. Follow the 5 hour pacer and try and pass them in the last miles. Save my legs for the 100 Miles in 24 Hours F.A.N.S 24 hour in just over six weeks. There are two Australian Centurions signed up and a fellow from The Netherlands that has the Continental and British Centurion badges. It will be fun to watch them race.
This week 55.2 Miles.
Saturday April 11th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 64 push-ups, 20 minutes of Planks
Sunday April 12th – 24.0 miles LSD in 5:23:47, 3 sets of 25 Squats. I could have given a centurion attempt a run for its money today. Controlled my pace. Felt great. Just an amazing workout. Very incouraged.
Monday April 13th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag
Tuesday April 14th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 64 push-ups, 20 minutes of Planks
Wednesday April 15th – 12.0 Miles in 2:28:47. 3 sets of 25 squats
Thursday April 16th – 4 sets of 10 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag
Friday April 17th – Date night with my Wife!
A Great high mileage week. Best my legs have felt, ever. Feel very strong. Getting more and more excited each week. All the hard work is paying off. Only thing missing is my weight. I have stayed around the same weight for over a year. 164 pounds. I think it would be an advantage to drop down into the 150’s by June. I have built up my muscles. Built up my endurance. Built up my miles. Now it is time to slim up for the Centurion attempt. Cleaning up the loose ends of my diet should do the trick. Cut out the seconds and the sweets on weekends. Back to just lean meat, salad, vegetables, fruit and nuts. Back to what I did to loose 55 pounds two years ago.
This week: 51.2 miles
Saturday April 4th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 64 push-ups, 20 minutes of Planks
Sunday April 5th – 20 miles LSD in 4:19:14 half of it in the rain. 3 sets of 25 squats
Monday April 6th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy Bag
Tuesday April 7th – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 64 push-ups, 20 minutes of Planks
Wednesday April 8th – 12 miles in 2:30:55. 3 sets of 25 squats
Thursday April 9th – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy Bag
Friday April 10th – Date Night with my Wife!
I have that bounce back in my step. Legs feel fresh. Look forward to each and every workout. This is always a good sign. My fitness has caught back up with my training.
Received my Race shirt and medal from the Virtual 50k I did 5 weeks ago.
This week 46.2 Miles
Saturday March 28th – 2.4 miles shakeout Walk
Sunday March 29th – 26.2 miles in 4:59:12 at the A2A Marathon
Monday March 30th – Day Off
Tuesday March 31st – 4.8 miles, 5 sets of 63 push-ups, 20 Minutes of Planks
Wednesday April 1st – 8 Miles in 1:45:15 , 3 sets of 25 Squats
Thursday April 2nd – 4.8 miles, 4 sets of 9 chin-ups, 3 rounds boxing the heavy bag
Friday April 3rd – Date night with my Wife!
A good recovery week from my A2A Marathon. I am already looking forward to my next Marathon. Crazy how getting into shape can be so addictive. I am not the same person I was 27 months ago. I like this guy MUCH better.
March 26 days 238.5 miles
February 24 Days 184.0 miles
January 26 Days 181.4 miles
Total 2015 76 days 603.9 miles