Bayshore Marathon Recap, What's Next, and More

I'm back!  Lots of things to recap.  I hope you are sitting down!

First, the Bayshore Marathon on Saturday, May 26th.  As I discussed in my previous post, I decided to put my goal aside and run the marathon with friends. As I mentioned in an Instagram post, I was very indifferent leading up to race weekend and I was worried I'd feel the same way when I finished the race. Thankfully I was wrong!  It was a fun weekend and a much different experience than racing a marathon.  I didn't miss the stress of obsessing over my diet, my clothes, and the weather.  It was such an odd feeling to be at the start line with no butterflies.  It was a very warm and humid morning and temperatures continued to climb as the day went on.  In all honesty, for me to run a sub 3:00 marathon, all of the stars are going to have to align, and I'm certain the warm weather would have been difficult for me to manage.  I feel as if sustaining my knee injury back in April and the difficult weather conditions on race morning was the universe telling me I'm not ready just yet.  So I have to be patient and keep the faith my day will come.  

Back to the race - it was so much fun for me to be able to really take in the sights and crowds of my favorite marathon.  When I'm racing, I have blinders on, and running easy gave me a whole new appreciation of the Bayshore Marathon.   Due to the heat, the two friends that I ran with didn't meet their goal, but they ran strong races and we all crossed the finish line together.  

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Finishing the race was exciting for me because running 26.2 miles is a long way no matter what pace you're running, and more importantly, it marked the beginning of a new training cycle and another shot at a marathon PR.  I am working with a coach again and am very excited to have someone else holding the reins of my training.  The weather at Bayshore was a reminder of how disappointing and PR derailing warm temps on race day can be.  As a result, I have decided to push my goal marathon back two weeks and run Indy Monumental on Saturday, November 3rd.  Previously I planned on running the Detroit Free Press Marathon, of which I am an ambassador.  Being an ambassador is an honor and a once in a lifetime opportunity, so this also impacted my decision.  I want to enjoy every second of that weekend and not be in race mode, so it makes perfect sense to run the half marathon in Detroit and make Indy my goal marathon.  I feel really confident and at peace with my decision.  I have run Indy three times and have PR'd twice, so I know the course well and where my difficult spots have been during the race.  

Last week myself and my friend and Run Strong Project business partner were featured on an episode of the Rambling Runner podcast.  We had the opportunity to discuss our personal and running backgrounds, our future goals, and of course, Run Strong Project.  Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts!  

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Speaking of Run Strong Project, we have some new offerings that I am really excited about.  The first is private partner coaching.  This is a great option for someone who is wary of the cost of hiring a coach or who wants to train for a specific event with a friend.  You save money, still have unlimited communication access to your coach, and if you and your friend are at differing levels of fitness, your schedule is specific to your ability.  

The second new offering is a one hour run and strength consult.  Amy and I spend an hour evaluating your running and strength training form, answering training questions, helping you choose a race goal, etc.  You also receive a set of run specific strength exercises designed to keep you injury free. 

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As I mentioned earlier, I am an ambassador for the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon.  Next week, on Tuesday, June 12th, I am co-hosting a meetup at Gazelle Sports Birmingham.  New Balance will be there for shoe demos, we'll run a 5k, then head to Dick O'Dow's for post run refreshments.  And of course, we'll be talking all things Detroit Marathon!  Hope you can join us.  If you haven't yet signed up for one of the weekend's race events and plan on doing so, use the code Sararocks2018 for 10% off!

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Happy Global Running Day!

Bayshore Marathon Training - 8 Weeks Out, and a few more things I'm excited about!

Hello!  I'll do a quick training recap of my week from March 26th to April 1st.  I was just shy of 79 miles for the week.  

  • Monday - 8.75 miles easy at 8:39 average pace per mile
  • Tuesday - 12 miles easy at 7:52 pace, ending with 8 x 20 second strides
  • Wednesday - 3 mile warm up, 7 mile wave tempo alternating between 6:40 and 7:40 pace, 3 mile cool down.  I love these workouts!  The even miles (2,4,6) at 7:40 pace is faster than easy pace but gives you just enough recovery to attack the next fast mile.
  • Thursday - 10 miles easy at 8:19 pace
  • Friday - long run before vacation!  20 miles at 7:48 pace
  • Saturday - 5 miles easy at 8:36 pace
  • Sunday - 10 miles easy at 7:55 average pace
  • Strength workouts - 3 sessions lasting 30 to 40 minutes, and one 30 minute yoga session

This week we are on vacation in a beautifully warm and humid climate.  I decided to keep my mileage high and forgo workouts with the exception of a few strides after two of my runs.  I could use a down week and honestly running in a dew point of 65 degrees feels like a workout after a long winter.   All of these nice easy runs have given me a lot of time to think about how I train and what I may want to do differently for my fall training cycle.  Over the last several years I have seen great improvement in my marathon time (3:11, 3:07, 3:04) simply from adding mileage.  However, it's not possible to keep upping my miles indefinitely, and there is for sure a point of diminishing returns.  I've been stuck at 3:04 for two years now (I realize "stuck" may not be the right term because that is no doubt a nice marathon PR!), but you understand what I'm saying.  I've plateaued.  So I'm toying with the idea of overhauling my training for the next cycle in the hopes of shocking my body into another PR.  

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And speaking of fall marathons, there are officially 199 days until the Detroit Free Press Marathon on Sunday, October 21st!  I am so excited to represent this race as an ambassador.  If you'd like to join me at the starting line, enter the code Sararocks2018 for 10% off your registration.  

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And another exciting announcement:  my friend and Run Strong Project business partner, Amy Haenick, and I were featured on an episode of the Michigan Runner Girl podcast that was released last evening.  I'd love for you to take a listen on your next run!  Heather is a fantastic interviewer and did a great job of talking to both of us, which is no easy task.  It was a fun conversation that allowed us to talk about what Run Strong Project is all about, as well as share our own personal running journeys.  Head here to visit Heather's very informative blog and listen to the episode!

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