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?