Monday, November 3, 2008

Well...Now What?

Without another major race on the horizon until the Boston Marathon

I'm confronted with a training dilemma. I don't want to lose the fitness I've worked so hard to develop, but I don't want to push too hard without a break and risk injury or burn-out. I think I need to do some research and find out what the experts recommend.
I'll start by reread my copy of Pfitzinger's "Advanced Marathoning". This is my primary reference for advice on nutrition, training, pacing, etc. I will also review the information on the Hal Higdon marathon training website. I was very happy to meet and talk with Hal at the Chicago marathon expo, and I told him thanks for all the free advice on his website. He, of course, reminded me that I could subscribe to the interactive training coach for a small monthly fee. I don't blame him for trying to sell, after all very few marathon runners actually get to make a living at it. Somehow, over then next few days, I'll need to decide on a training plan and get back on track.
It's time to say 'good-bye' to Halloween and all things Octoberish, and say 'Come on in and pull up a chair' to November's turkey, stuffing, and sweet potatoes. Here are my mileage totals for October. Nothing particularly noteworthy about any of the numbers, except that I did not take any time off after Chicago. I felt very comfortable doing 48 miles the week after the marathon, then 58 miles the following week. It seems that the more marathons you run, and the more quality training miles you do in preparation, the better you will feel after the race. Ill try to keep my mileage up through the winter, even if I cannot find another marathon before Boston. The October totals do not show my biking miles because they were insignificant. I think I rode my bike only twice last month, for about 30 miles total. The colder weather and shorter days have contributed by making it very difficult to ride to work. I did go for a nice ride on Saturday, about 25 miles, but beautiful days like that are going to be very rare for here until Spring.

1 comment:

DaisyDuc said...

I have been pondering this same dilemma! Let us know what you decide!