W11D4 – Maximum Avoidance

Maximum Avoidance
Trifecta of Perfection

Maximum Avoidance
Weeks 11 through 26 of my 26 Week Marathon Training Schedule makes up the actual marathon training portion of the program and include the coveted weekly long runs.  Weeks 1 through 10 consist of running so many minutes per workout while these remaining weeks consist of running so many miles per workout.

I don’t exactly know why but the Week 11 long run of 5 miles totally freaked me out and I put it off as much as I possibly could, in fact it didn’t get done until the last possible available time on Sunday.  I had to work at 6 p.m. and it wasn’t until 4 p.m. when I finally headed out and simply walked 5 miles around the neighborhood.  It wasn’t too bad of a pace with most miles in the low 16 minute range and the last mile a little under 16 minutes.

26 Week Final End Marathon Schedule


The last two weeks of this program is the taper to help rest up for the marathon on 11/1 so I’ve mainly left that portion in tack.  On 10/19 I’m running in the Go! St Louis 1/2 marathon with my brother so I’m striking out the 9 mile run on Sat the 18th since I’ll be doing 13.1 on Sunday morning.  I have a four week gap since I am technically ahead of schedule.  I’ll know better in September exactly how to train during that 4 week gap.

Mentally, I need to stop worrying about this training schedule, in particular the long runs, and just do the best I can.   As far as this program is concerned, I have to forget about everything else and focus on the immediate task at hand.  What do I need to do today?  Do it.  Forget about it.  Deal with it.  Do the best I can.  Don’t worry so much about the numbers and if today’s run is any better or worse than the last run.  I have to trust that I will improve and have faith in my program.

Sometimes I’ll wonder if I’m mentally or physically fatigued.  If I’m physically fatigued ….well, what does that matter?  I have no intentions of taking any days off.  Physically & mentally, I’ll just need to get stronger.

Trifecta of Perfection
Karate, lifting and running have always been a part of my life but training all three on a regular basis has always been a challenge.  I have always been able to stick with one of the three without much difficulty but have never quite gotten all three in sync.  This past Saturday was close to hitting the entire trifecta of activities.  I had a good karate workout then hit the weights afterwards but ended up submitting to fatigue and telling myself I was tired after I got home and ended up sleeping until it was time to head to work.  The following is kind of what I’m after

1 Masonic Meeting – Mon night
2 Lifting workouts, Tue, Thur, night
3 Karate workouts, Tue, Thur night, Sat @ 10 a.m.
4 Running workouts, Mon, Wed, Thur, Sat

I could lift 3 days per week since I would be hitting it after karate anyway but I like how this goes 1,2,3,4 🙂

Maybe I need to add a 5 for work and a 6 for studying.


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