As I mentioned earlier the FIRST marathon training program emphasizes 3 key runs: speed, tempo and long, as well as strenuous crosstraining 2-3 times a week. For me, this meant decreasing my mileage and giving up my easy 3-4 mile running day. This was the first day when I swam instead of ran, and I am suffering from withdrawal. Seriously. It is beautiful outside -not too cold, snowing -and I would have loved to go for a run. I was close to giving in, but then reminded myself that I have to stick with the program. I chose it bc of its low injury risk - 2009 is going to be a no injury year. So I swam. It was OK, it was fun at times, but did not come close to running. This 3 runs a week is going to take some getting used to.
On Saturday I am supposed to do the first long run, 13 miles at 9:05. Now 9:05 is sooo slow, and while I understand the logic for these slowness (the first 20 miler is going to be at 9:35 min miles, OMG), it is going to be tough to go this slow. Last night the Sue-s came over and we plotted a bit about the marathon training (since we all are running Boston). We all agreed there is no way we are going to be able to run this slow. We figured we'd have to pick some hilly routes to slow us down, and perhaps run the last few miles at marathon pace (OK, I am going to say it, 8:35 for a 3:45 which is qualifying time for our age....oh, confessions feel better).
So, not sure if anyone (OK, one of the 3 people that read this blog) has used the FIRST program before. I'd be curious to see how they managed the slow long runs.
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