Wednesday, July 13, 2005

More Hot Weather; Simple Marathon II Strategy

The weather is warming up really fast again, today is sunny and hot, temperatures should reach 32C/90F again. No thanks!

Last night I did my now routine weight training, followed by a short run around the block (~3K/2M).

To be honest I am not emphasizing the weight training as much as I probably should be in the moment, I guess it’s a combination of a general lack of time and fear of injury. I have noticed some good overall toning of the muscles, so I think I am still benefiting from my limited workouts, but I am not going to increase weight or reps much until after my marathon in September.

To be equally honest I am actually thinking of replacing one of my 3 weight training days with a 4th “run” day to increase my mileage.

My first marathon goal was to “finish”. The goal for my second marathon is to finish “strong” (notice that I didn’t say fast). My new strategy is simple:

Run forty-two six-minute kilometer runs, then sprint over the finish line! Or to apply it to the Yankee standard, run twenty-six 9:39-minute miles then sprint over the finish line!

Gee, makes it almost sound easy! Hear that Jon!

Stay-tuned!

Comments:
You do make it sound easy! Especially the sprint part!!

September will be here before you know it.
 
That's so smart! Although, I'm so weak, I think "42 one-kilometer runs" is waaayyyy too daunting a number. I think I'd make it one 21-kilomter run and 21 one-kilometer run. I mean, not that I would be doing 42k of anything, I'm just saying, I like the idea of starting the counting over in the middle. The point it, it's a great strategy!
- Mia
 
I have no problem with the sprint part. But doubt I could do 5miles at 9.39 each let alone 25...lol.
 
Oooh, I like your way of thinking about it! One mile at a time...
 
I really like that attitude, Jack: strong not fast. I will stay tuned!!
 
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