We’re on the homestretch!
I completed my third (and final!) 20+ mile LR in my Boston training cycle! It went really well: 22 miles in 2:49 (avg 7:41 pace). I’m a “run how you feel” kind of runner, especially for the LRs, and my legs just felt good. The effort didn’t feel any harder or faster than any other day’s run. I fueled with 3 GUs and carried my water belt; I had great music; the Boulder Creek Path was paved of its snow. I just cruised along.
Compared to prior marathons, I’ve genuinely committed 100% to my training, and I think it’s showing. There have been serious adjustments:
– Previous marathon training cycles: 2-4 runs a week, averaging 20-30ish miles
– This training cycle: 6-8 runs a week, averaging 50-68 miles
Reflecting back on the execution of each of my 3 20+ milers, I’ve gained a positive dose of personal confidence in my legs and training. It’s interesting to look back at elevation profiles and the stats from each of the 20+’ers…
Long Run #1: 20 miles in 2:44hrs. Average pace = 8:12.
Long Run #2: 20.5 miles in 2:46hrs. Average pace = 8:06.
Long Run #3: 22 miles in 2:49hrs. Average pace = 7:41.
I’m really happy with the progression in effort. I haven’t had any GI/stomach issues, as I’ve stuck to the same fueling plan as I used to: eat 1 GU every 6 miles, followed by a few ounces of water. Confession: these 3 have been the only runs I’ve taken fuel on during this entire training cycle. Anything less than 18 miles, I practiced glycogen depletion. One of my running mentors supported the idea, so I decided to give it a go after her advice. And it worked out great all training cycle.
And now? Now it’s taper time! Holy smokes! We made it!