It seems every runner is going longer now, from marathons to ultras, and Ironman. I'm thinking of going the other way. I'm considering a new logic in my marathon training, and that is to regress to shorter distances and get faster. What would happen if I spent some time and worked on a 10K or half marathon PB. I've never really seriously trained for those distances. All I know is that running fast for shorter races hurts in a way you never really feel on a marathon. But if my effort at shorter distance speeds becomes easier, then logically wouldn't a faster marathon also be easier? I'm prepared to find out. And somewhat motivated to give my body a break from distance training, making sure that foot is indeed healed. Putting the marathon aside until October of 2017 is my new plan.
I'm wanting guidance though. Someone not only to push me but to reign me in. Give me focus, hold me accountable and tell me when to back down. Someone to do the thinking for me. I've got the nutrition down, the motivation is there, but my love of running often gets in my way. I think I hurt my performance by just running on feel. And there is joy in performing of which I rob myself by being hapless. For shorter distances I know I don't have many more years where I'll be able to increase my speed. I'm 44 right now and my 10K PB is 37 minutes while my half marathon is 1:27. My 5K sits at 18 minutes. I know I can improve on those. There is time. It's all about training properly, getting faster and getting used to the pain of running more urgently.
I think I've found the perfect person. She's an accomplished runner at shorter distances and has recently broken onto the marathon scene. She's local so I can meet with her in person instead of virtually online. And she's a competitor. Someone that I think will be no BS and push me. But also someone with the experience to know what I should and should not be doing. I'm looking forward to turning my brain off and just following a prescribed plan. And having a local coach that can adapt to injuries, fatigue or (hopefully) improved fitness on the fly seems like a good plan. I'll be sure to post updates on training which should start in November.