Since Madison I've completely fallen off the wagon and then been run over by it in terms of nutrition and mileage. But I've enjoyed it. I have read about several runners who have taken time off. As much as they didn't like it, it seems to help them re-focus and get ready for their next endeavour. For runners there's always something coming up, right? I mean, look at your RBFs...they all have a schedule posted regarding upcoming events. So here's my schedule for the summer.
I want to go under 3 hours in Milwaukee in October.
I will achieve that goal using a specific training schedule that starts this week with long, slow, endurance base-building runs:
June 15: 24 mile run of the Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point (I'll be there for a seminar)
June 28: 31 mile run of the Ice Age Trail in the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest.
The first week of July, I'll be on "vaca" in Ireland and England. I'll run a little over there, but mostly I'll just drink Guinness. :)
I have two other races that I'd like to perform well at over the summer:
July 21: Cheesehead Chase 5 Mile, where I'd like to break 31:00.
August 16: Full Moon Half Marathon, where I'd like to break 1:25.
Through the rest of August and September, I plan on pushing my training with long (22-25 mile) marathon pace runs. The mental confidence these runs provided in my last training period gave me a huge boost.
There you have it. My plans...with one disclaimer:
Life tends to throw wrenches into plans. Especially my plans, it seems. I tend to bite off more than I can chew on occasion. I will continue to keep running fun by not making it a part-time job or allowing it to comprimise other obligations (picking up Parsenn's poo, arbitrating contract negotiations between the Brewers and their young players, finishing tasks Ellie gives me before she asks me for the 7th time, solving our energy crisis).
Ellie's Marathon Update: Last week Ellie ran her first 20 miler of training, and still wore high heels to a wedding we attended that night. But that's not the impressive part. She also did the electric slide like a champ in said high heels. I've got her running one more 20 miler this weekend before tapering, so I'll be out on my bike or in my car acting as her crew. I've told her that the real "half-way point" in a marathon is 20 miles, NOT 13.1, so she's excited to get another run in of that distance before she does it for "really reals" (as Marcy would say).