as best I can!
I am just over three weeks from the Portland Marathon and I have been trying to follow the FIRST plan in hopes of qualifying for Boston. I have done my best to follow the plan. It has been a little bit of a juggling act since I have been racing while training for Portland. That has complicated the plan a little but for the most part I stuck to it.
The biggest difference in this training plan was I finally tried to do speed work. Speed work has never been a friend of mine. But once I figured out the suggested splits were a little too fast for me, and that doing the speed work on the flattest surface possible (even the treadmill) helped, I found myself more and more successful at completing the prescribed workouts.
I have my last 20 miler this Sunday. The first two were awesome (see here and here)and I am hoping I can nail this last one and finish the plan strong. The real proof will be seen October 9th when I run the Portland Marathon. If I can go sub 3:40, watch out Boston! I will see you in 2013!