It seems like the president’s state of the union is part pomp and circumstance and part laying out unrealistic goals. Also known as: Fitness Blogging! It is honestly surprising that I haven’t put these together before now. Either way, a bit of pomp on where I have been the last month or so.
Right now I’m averaging 40-45 miles a week in 5 or so runs. Usually, I’ll do a 15ish mile long run, a 10ish mile mid week run, a 8 mile tempo run and a couple 6 mile easy runs. Frankly, this is the least that I have been running in quite some time. But, it is worth noting that this time last year I was just getting the approval to run after my second and third stress fractures, so even 45 miles a week is nothing to complain about.
“But Adam!” I can hear you ask, “What about speedwork!?!? Won’t you lose all fitness if you’re not running circles nascar style talking about how the Home Depot Toyota is a little loose in the corners?
The issue with doing pretty good half marathon training is that, just like poison water Diet Pepsi is IN NO WAY a substitute for Diet Coke, half marathon training isn’t a substitute for kinda good marathon training. I currently self identify as a marathon runner, but is that the correct classification?
I have the NJ marathon coming up at the end of April. There are a surprising number of blogger and twitter friends there, so it should be a fun time. But, will it be a fast time? I doubt it….and I am okay with that. Going forward I have a decision to make on if I want to continue pushing forward with my faster faster faster approach (that’s what she said) or if I want to rest on my laurels a bit and coast. At what point is running no longer an “all free time endeavor” and just a “regular hobby”?
Right now I’m going to try to get as fast as I can with what I laid out above. I’m going to hold on to my sub 3 marathon dream, but, if I don’t get any faster, that is probably fine too. Moreover, I am really hoping to get a bit more “well rounded” in my fitness…and MAYBE get rid of my TRex arms. That might cut a bit into running, but I’m hoping that I can squeeze the time turnip a bit more and find the few extra moments to myself.
*** If you “got” the hoverboard joke, we are friends