Alright folks. I owe you an update. In fact I owe you several weeks of updates, this is just a teaser. For the last few weeks I’ve owed Salty an article… something… anything. I’ve kind of been stuck because I don’t know what to write. So I’m just going to dive right in from where I am right now.
Coming up in the not-too-distant future will be some features on what it was like to train in Belgium for a month, and what it is like to be three weeks out from a marathon you know you’re going to bomb. Oh, maybe we should back up to that last comment.
The mileage was stacking up in Belgium. I even hit my peak at 84 miles. The terrain was awesome. The MP and LT workouts just weren’t going as planned. I still haven’t had a good LT workout (aka Cruise Intervals) in over two months.
I flew back home April 4th, ran that weekend with my cleveland running gang, and headed back to michigan monday morning. After a week back in Michigan, I had a meltdown and at 4pm on Friday drove home so that I could attempt MP on home turf exactly like last season. I literally drove 186 miles to run in circles on my parents’ street (and see them, and spoil my sister’s dog, all that stuff too), and you know what: It was the first good MP run in months. 6:40 pace for 10 miles with water bottle practice, and it felt like marathon pace.
One good workout in two months isn’t reassuring. It makes me nervous — like that one good workout was a fluke. Monday morning, I started my day at 4am, went across street to my home track to attempt cruise intervals that quickly turned into a recovery run. And I drove back to michigan to be showered and at my desk around 9:30.
Closing thoughts for this update
I got on the scale at home and I’ve gained 7 pounds over what I was when I ran my PR in Columbus! I’m fit enough to be in 2:55 marathon shape if I had my shit together, another six weeks, and a flat course with perfect conditions. But that’s not how this works. I have three weeks to show up in pittsburgh uninjured, rested, fueled, and come up with a race plan slightly more conservative than the 2:55 I was targeting.
Trip home from Belgium in pictures
(we’ll get back to belgium. It deserves its own article)
I exchanged (by post) Belgian chocolate for virginia beer with The Fast Fox.