Friday, September 23, 2011

Fitness Friday

Can it be Friday already? I swear I was just sitting here typing how nervous I was about my marathon and it has already been almost a week. Now I am doing a half marathon tomorrow!!! My legs are not sore anymore. I am going to do one more shake out run today.

I keep thinking about my marathon and how it really went. I do not plan on doing another full for awhile but I am already thinking how to do it differently. I made a poor choice and I believe it did affect me later on in the race. 

I left the 4hour pace group....I think that hurt me big time. I needed to hold back and conserve energy and I didn't. Around mile 16/17 when I started to have walk breaks the 4hour group passed me. They looked strong and probably finished real strong. According to my cheer squad they passed the line around 3:58. So even if I hung on as long as I could I would of CRUSHED my goal by even more.

But live and learn....till next time.


I also have thought about my training plan. I created my own and followed pretty much the same as I did for Disney. I did not do tempo, speed workouts, or weights. I did a few bike workouts during the summer for cross training. I really think I will get on board with the Run Less Run Faster training next time I train for a full marathon. I may introduce speed during my half marathon workouts. I have run a 1:40 on my first half marathon but haven't broken 1:50 since then. I was coaching xc and track at that time I got my PR so I was doing speed workouts and tempo with my kids. But I haven't done any workouts in my training since. I think that has made a huge impact in a bad way. 

What are your views on speed and weight training for half/full marathons? Have you done it without and had a good experience?

Have you stayed with a pace group in a marathon before?

12 comments:

Jamie said...

I haven't ran my first marathon yet... but in other races I try to stay with the 30 second faster group... helps when others push me!

You are brave to do 2 races so close together.... best of luck! you'll do great!

Carrie said...

Good luck with your race! I think that speed workouts are hugely beneficial. They do a lot for your confidence in maintaining a speed that sound scary in your head. I'd highly recommend it.

Stopping by from Fitness Friday Blog Hop. Have a great weekend!

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I've never run a marathon, but I ran with a pace group on one of my halves and actually did better than I had before. I just had a half last weekend and this time I DID do speed and tempo runs, but did not run with a pace group (but I do have a Garmin and stayed around the same pace the entire race) and I ran 10 minutes faster than the one before.

I am a believer in speed and strength work outs!

Dina @ DinaRuns said...

I do some speed training but not as often as I probably should. Once the Florida weather cools down a bit, it will be easier to fit it in.

Strength training is very important and my body starts to feel unbalance if I don't do it regularly. I think it is a must especially when you are doing so much cardio (like training for a marathon).

Good luck on your race tomorrow!

Elle said...

Good luck on your half tomorrow.

Courtney said...

I think you do good either way but I also totally understand, sometimes we push it a little much and you have gained that knowledge and decided to work on it in the future, that takes a strong person!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Good luck tomorrow!

And thanks for sharing your thoughts on your marathon. You have made me rethink sticking with a pace group. It might be the key for me!

Jennifer said...

good luck...I'm sure you'll do awesome!! :)

Jane said...

WOW!! A marathon, you must be so proud of yourself for completing it. I am sure you will run a great half marathon.

Just remember "whether it's a 14 minute mile or a 7 minute mile, it's still a mile"

Good luck and congratulations in advance :)

(new follower from the hop)

Amy said...

Good luck - and have FUN!

Ryzmomplus2 said...

that's funny because I think I do too many speed runs? I will see how my training has paid off when I run my first marathon in chicago in two weeks. Good luck in the half!

jillconyers said...

I've done full and half marathons with strength training and without and with speed work and without.

Strength training has probably been the biggest factor in improving my overall running for the past year...speed, endurance, recovery, etc.

Speed work? My 2 fastest half marathons were when I included speed work every week as part of my training.

Pace groups? I haven't tried them for a full yet but for the half marathons I loved them! It's a great gauge for meeting your goal.