So I find myself on yet another stepping off point. I've been here before. I'm looking for a marathon, a training plan, and the determination to make them happen the way I want them to. As the Meatloaf song goes...2 out of 3 ain't bad. I'm aiming for Providence Rhode Island on May 6th, and the Pfitzinger 12/55 training plan ( that's a 12 week plan, peaking at 55 miles per week ) The determination to make them happen is there, I think, but I thought the determination to make Miami happen in under 4 hours was there too, so I can't really say much on that one yet. So....
Why Providence ? Timing. It's a week or two before I would like, but I'm trying to be flexible. Whatever I do MUST be before Memorial Day. That is an concrete parameter. It also has to be driveable from Massachusetts. Miami was incredible, but I didn't need the travel stress when I had race stress. Minimizing stress will help. I chose Miami because I was looking for a huge, spectacular event. I got it. Been there, done that, glad it's over. Now I want a race that has an environment that lets me do my thing as well as I can. Providence is a flat course, close to home, with a manageable crowd. It's exactly what I need next. There were 1200 entrants in the marathon last year, with 348 runners in the 3:30 - 4:00 finishing window. That's where I'm going to be. That's a finisher every 5 seconds or so in my finishing time. I want people around me to challenge me, but not so many that they get in my way. I think this will be just about right.
Why Pfitz 12/55 ? Well...because Pfitzinger seems to be pretty well respected for training plans, I already own the book that has the plan in it, and I only have 12 weeks until the Providence Marathon. The problem is that Pfitz recomends a 4 week recover from a marathon, and I've only got 14 weeks until the Providence Marathon. So....am I already taking shortcuts ? Maybe. I'm hoping that the fact that I'm almost in marathon shape already will allow me to be ahead of where most people start a marathon training program. If that's a valid assumption or not, we'll all find out together when I post my results from the next marathon.
I'm going to postpone signing up for the race, until I've had a few weeks of training behind me and see how things are going. If I haven't recovered enough yet, or can't keep up with the aggressive training schedule, I have a "back up" marathon on May 20 that might work. I'm trying to be flexible and conservative. I think I'm already making progress. I do know that whatever I do...I keep telling myself to....
Just don't stop running..
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