But I've gotta be honest, this marathon training cycle has gone like no other. I feel healthy. I'm logging more miles than ever before. And I'm putting up my fastest times ever. And dang if I don't have to finally admit that it's mostly because of the new foot strike. And more specifically because the forefoot/midfoot strike has kept me healthier than I've ever been due to the reduction in impact on my joints.
- The forefoot/mid foot strike has helped me stay healthy which allows me to workout more efficiently, stronger, and longer. I just don't have to take as much time off for little aches and pains.
- I had a base of 75 miles per week before I started this 17 week plan, so the mileage is not that big of a jump
- I only do one or two hard workouts per week right now (Tempo, speed, hills, etc) all of the rest of my runs are about a minute to minute & half below my marathon pace - this reduction in pace on my recovery days is maybe the second biggest key to feeling good
- Core work ... core work ... core work!!!
- I do double workouts 5 days per week with either a second run or weights or plyo in the evenings
- Most of my evening runs are trail runs which has really cushioned the impact of running
- I massage my legs every night - Michael bought a vibrating massager for her back, and I've hijacked it - it is friggin' amazing! I has really helped my legs recover more quickly and feel strong the next day.
- I'm eating better than I have in a long time, maybe ever - I've increased my calories to support the additional workouts, but I rarely eat added sugar, NO fried foods, and try to stay away from wheat products. I really focus on a lot of veggies and especially high protein and anti-inflammatory foods like cinnamon, blue berries, almonds, salmon, and a lot of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
So there's where I'm at so far. The increased mileage looks like a lot, but the only significant change is the added runs in the evening. And this is training my legs to operate when they are fatigued. I plan on maxing out at about 100-110 about three weeks before the marathon and then backing off a little as I taper down. For me, more miles has always meant faster marathons. And while I've always been able to churn out high mileage (3,000 miles last year alone), I've never felt better doing it. "Stop-drop-roll-I'm on fiiiyaaa!" Hope your running is going well too.
... be great today!