I have decided to make a slight alteration to my spring plans. Originally, I wanted to break 16:00 in the 5K this spring, and then enjoy a semi-retirement from logging all sorts of miles and crushing workouts. Ashlie and I planned on ticking a few states off in our quest to run a marathon in each of the 50 states, notably North Carolina with the Tobacco Road Marathon, and Colorado with the Colfax Denver Marathon. I planned to run these like I ran New Orleans; as a long run, and not try to race them.
However, I recently learned that I somehow achieved elite entry into both of these races. This accomplished two things. One, it made me want to be competitive in what I think is my best event again. Two, it made me feel guilty to think about accepting a free entry to a race and then just jog it. So, I have decided to race the Colfax marathon in May. However, I am going to train for it a little differently than my previous marathons.
My number one priority is still breaking 16 minutes this spring. That means I need to do a lot of speedwork, around 5-minute pace or faster. While I hope to run this time sooner rather than later this year, I still don’t have the time to recover from 5K training, build up to typical marathon mileage and workouts, and race the marathon. So, I am going to continue 5K training, and just do a bunch of long runs. No marathon specific workouts. This technique worked pretty well for my friend Dave for his debut, which he won, despite not running a single long run over 17 miles and doing mostly intense track work. I’m not expecting a PR, but I think I can still run a decent marathon with this type of training. We will find out in May!