The Road to Toledo 2021

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November 10, 2020

Nate wrote out the Hansen’s plan for me. Each week tells me what to run in order to train for a 3:40 marathon. Last fall I thought I should train for the 3:35 marathon, but did not have success in hitting my goal time for a number of reasons. This training cycle I decided to train for exactly what I want to run. I would love to see the 3:40’s since my PR for the marathon is 3:49:28. Rather than focusing on qualifying for Boston, I have decided to focus on the next level- the next small step. Boston is a long way a way. Toledo in April is my next step. Between now and the end of April, my eyes are fixed on Toledo, and how to achieve a marathon time in the 3:40’s.

December 24, 2020

I started the training plan for Toledo. I am going to make the commitment this cycle to following the Hansen’s plan as perfectly as possible. I am going to not only run the mileage as I have done before, but run the workouts as they are designed and stick to the paces that are required. I am curious to see what happens when I follow a plan exactly!

Day 1 is in the books: An easy 6.

December 28, 2020

The Beginning of week 2. Week 1 was a short one, but I followed the plan exactly. This is exactly how I will level up my running. I know that I can run an extreme amount of mileage. I have completed 2 hundred mile weeks this year, and one was done within 6 days. But, one thing I don’t always do is have the discipline to follow an exact plan. The discipline to run slow when it says run slow. I am excited for my speed work day tomorrow.

January 6, 2020

I am excited that I am a few weeks into training, and am following the Hansen’s plan exactly. It is exciting to be meeting the speed workouts and tomorrow I am looking forward to my tempo workout. I feel great about the pace that I am training at. It s comfortably hard at times and requires work, but I am very confident that I am am running at the right level. The book I am reading, The Athlete Inside, by Sue Reynolds talks about crazy goals, realistic goals and fall back goals. I am not decided on my crazy goal yet, but the pace I am training for within a few minutes of flexibility feels like a realistic goal.

February 12, 2021

I did it! I ran a tempo run exactly on pace… outside! I was nervous about testing the waters away from the safety of the treadmill, but decided I needed to get outside. We had a day off school, so there was really no excuse not to run outside. It was tough, and about 14 degrees with a wind that felt like I was at the North Pole. But, even after a few slower miles slowly became a part of my seven mile tempo, I decided I was not giving up and believed that I would hit my pace. Sure enough, I did it! My last mile was run at an 8:08 pace. It was an incredible confidence builder.

March 26, 2021

The marathon is less than a month away! I am really excited to be part of a marathon that is going to take place live! I am not sure what my end result time wise will be- I keep going back and forth with the results that my training will produce. However, I feel good about where I am at today. Tomorrow I will run the Bad Bunny 5K race with my son Luke. I am excited to race a 5K!

March 27th, 2021

Luke crushed the Bad Bunny Race! He had a time of 23:01 which was awesome considering there were hills and it was the first real race of the season! It was exciting to be out there, and I honestly felt good about how I was running. However, looking at my watch, I also realized that I was running much slower than I hoped to be running. As I crossed the finish line I felt good about five things.

  1. Luke crushed it, and had an awesome race. Last year at this time he could not beat me.
  2. I ran under an 8 minute pace for every mile. (There was a time when I could not do this).
  3. I had run hard, and gave it what I had that day.
  4. There were hills and I did okay.
  5. I am in the middle of a marathon training program, and realized that I can carry a solid pace.

It was not my best run, but I ran over 24 minutes at a 7:51 pace. And honeslty, the first two miles were duplicates of each other while the last mile was the fastest.

I realized tonight that I want to feel good about my times, and that when asked on a podcast I could not answer the question, “Are you a good runner?” I feel that I spend so much time running, and am so mentally frustrated some day. I suppose when I get into the comparision trap, I get upset at where I am at. I hate the fact that I take what should be a good run, one that I could feel proud of and diminish my progress when I look at what someone else did. Last night I looked at a friend of mine’s mileage from a great run, and realized how far away I am from my goals.

March 28, 2021

Today, I ran a 10 mile run. It was set to be at an easy pace (Which I was excited about), and I chose to run alone. It was the best decision I could have made. I loved the time listening to an audio book. The first half of my run I felt slow, but when I turned the corner at 5 miles I realized a few things. I came to understand that what I put in my mind will become a reality. If I am down on myself (which I was yesterday and for the first half of the run), I am not going to run as well. And, I realized that the best thing I could do was to enter into the zone and not let any fear in. I am going to smile and treat myself like an amazing runner! I am going to only allow myself to feel amazing about what happens when I run. Between now and April 25th, I refuse to allow anything to take away from who I am as a runner.