… to the MILO Manila Eliminations and I am wondering how on earth am I to fare this time that I am dreaming of beating the qualifying time – changed that to at least finish within the cut-off time – and noticed how low my entire mileage was.
Not to mention the incomplete schedules of speedworks and intervals and long runs, I am somehow at a limbo of disbelief over my work schedule. Without calling it panic, I devised some ways to still squeeze short runs at every time off. Yes, that means even after a graveyard duty. I don’t mind going home soaking in sweat. My family is just so used to that already.
About 12 weeks ago, when I first planned to follow a 16 week program in preparation for this ‘DREAM MARATHON’ of mine which is MILO, I was able to follow a close distance to what was written in the program. Now, given about 30 days to the big event, lots of questions suddenly arise.
WILL I still be able to ‘peak’ my performance?
Should I continue with the LONG RUNS i was not able to make? The speedworks?
Should I just stick to my Yasso work-out until I taper?
Should I even taper given a no-good training preparation?
Basically, I can say that I have enough good base to go the distance. The problem is, I am in doubt that I have the required speed. MILO Marathons has a cut-off time of 5 hours. We all know that that is not an easy task.
Lingering answers in my mind points to a continued effort to maintain if not increase gradually my weekly mileage. Add to that some strengthening, and core work-outs, run at marathon pace the measly short distances I can manage to squeeze in my pendulum workshift, and pray for a lot more efficiency and confidence come Marathon Race Day.
I guess I’d be following my conscience.
…and I will listen to the precious mini-inputs you guys will throw at me. So help me God.
Some MEDICINAL WORDS for my wounded plan:
Intensity is a much more potent producer of fitness than (mileage) volume miles).
As long as you are training regularly, you can go many months between long runs – and yet still run 26 miles at a time without stopping.
High fitness – not a high number of long runs – is the key factor which produces good marathon times.
…do enough interval training to spur fitness – but not enough to retard recovery.
The optimal strategy is to foster recovery, not increase the need for it.