Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Yeah, I'm still running the California International Marathon on December 6, which is just under two weeks from now. My plan to give a weekly rundown obviously didn't pan out, but I wanted folks who somehow kept me in their Bloglines, feeds or whatnot to know I haven't given up. The training definitely changed for this marathon, as my plan to keep strong mileage all the way up to a two to three week taper eroded as work, family and other interests increasingly grabbed my attention and time.

As far as the training, the weeks pretty much went as follows:
Weeks out: miles * long run * workouts
26: 100
25: 101
24: 100
23: 100
22: 59
20: 100
19: 100
18 57
17: 94
16: 107
15: 100
14: 100
13: 69
12: 61
11: 89
10: 84
9: 64
8: 100
7: 82
6: 77 * 18 miles w/7 at 5:58 pace
5: 84 * 20.5 miles w/15 at 6:00 pace
4: 85 * 24 miles w/progression to MP during last 4 * 6MP, 6MP
3: 65 * 19 w/3x20 minutes at 5:57, 5:48 and 5:43 pace (15 recovery)
2: 56 * 18 w/14 at 6:00 pace * 7 miles at 5:53 pace

I haven't had time to fill in the workouts and long runs for the earlier weeks, but the last 5 weeks pretty much shows where I am. It seems that my base is holding up fairly well, and that I'm spending a good amount of time at marathon pace. Certainly it's been the faster, sharpening work that's been lacking, but since I had a bit of trouble in the middle of my build it took longer for the marathon pace runs to come around. In order to fit them in and still recover, tempo and anaerobic work definitely suffered.

I'm not going to make any predictions for this race, but if anything I'm a bit undertrained this time around. Still, the marathon pace work and the long runs do look good, so I think I stand a good shot at a good race.

Special thanks to Mystery Coach for his counsel throughout this build. His calm responses to my periodic freak-out emails have been very helpful.Also, thanks to everyone who still checks in on me every once in awhile, and I wish you all good health and good running.


edinburghrunner said...

Great to hear your still there! Looking forward to the marathon report.

ian said...

Hey Mike! I was about to email you to see how things were going. Looks good! Best of luck at CIM.

mainers said...

impressive long runs Mike. you look ready to roll

Michael said...

Glad to see that you're still kicking, or running MP as the case might be. Looks like you had some very solid 100 +/- weeks in the early stages, that should help.

If I don't get a chance to say so prior to the race, enjoy yourself... and all the best of luck!

Thomas said...

They say it's better to be undertrained than overtrained, a lesson that I still have to learn, apparently.

Were the lower mileage weeks every 4-5 weeks deliberate or were they caused by, er, "interference"?

Ewen said...

You've done pretty well Mike. Enough to have a crack at a good race if the weather's cooperative.

Enjoy the next couple of weeks, and the race.

Grellan said...

Best of luck in the final weeks of preparation Mike. My limited experience has been that it is better to be (or more importantly "feel") a little undertrained a few weeks out from a marathon.

Greg said...

With so many marathons under your belt where you pushed the mileage to the brink, a slightly undertrained cycle may have been just what the doctor ordered. Looking forward to seeing what you do next weekend.

Best of luck!

Mike said...

Thanks for the comments, all. Thomas, I never really plan recovery weeks as life seems to schedule them for me. I did taper down a little for a few races, but the other down weeks were by circumstance and not design.

Superflake said...

Good luck Mike. Hope you run well.

Anonymous said...

Mike ran 2:47 and change. I heard there was a tough head wind during the last half of the race. Welcome to racing and balancing work and family in your late 30's. ;-)

Gregg said...

Nice to have met you. I wished the weather would have cooperated a bit better, but isn't that the case all too often?
Enjoy your rest and look forward to bumping into you once again.

Anonymous said...

Mike, I really enjoy your blog and am hoping you'll post something about the race soon. It looks like you went out fairly quickly and suffered during the second half (been there too, as have we all). I'm just a few years older with 3 young kids and long hours at work, and I've both admired and envied your discipline given the demands on your time, not to mention learning something about Lydiard training too. I'm looking forward to more posts in the future!
- Mark