So my goal i've set for 2011 is to run a marathon in under 3 hours and 10 minutes. That works out to a little over a 7 minute mile. My previous best for a marathon was 3:43. So i've got some work to do. I read a book called advanced marathoning that has a pretty intense training schedule that i started a few weeks ago. It's pretty much 7 days a week. It has some cross training days. I don't run on Sunday so I do double workouts on Monday. It's a whole different world from beginner marathon training to advanced. I got my lactate threshold tested at the U of U. I bought a nice garmin gps watch with a heart rate monitor. I'm still training in my Asic Pirahnas, my racing flats, they're the same shoes I ran the OV 50 miler in. Some people wonder why i'm not running in the vibram 5 finger shoes that i did my first marathon in. But i'm a firm believer in, if it works don't fix it. Right now these shoes are working perfect for me. So i will continue to run in them. Most important thing to know about running shoes is, you want to have as little shoe as possible. the less shoe you have under your feet the stronger your feet, and knees will be. For Christmas i got a magnetic recumbant excersize bike for my cross training days. I do most of my runs outside, unless the roads are too snowy then i do the treadmill.
I have decided that why not me. Why can't I run a marathon in under 3 hours, why not 2 and a half hours. I know that there are some genetic differences between most runners and those that break world records 2 hours 3 minutes for the marathon. But why not me.If they can do that i can do 3 hours, atleast. I'm doing it for me. To set a goal and accomplish it. I like documenting my runs on facebook because I hope it inspires those around me to get off the couch and go get some excersize. I love the way i feel after running. I feel strong. I hope to be able to run marathons with my grandkids. So anyways enough rambling. I just wanted to publicly declare my goal of of breaking 3:10 for the marathon during 2011. I'm currently training for the salt lake marathon in April. Wish me luck.
Cross training bike