If you have been following my blog lately you know that in October I qualified for the Boston Marathon when I ran the Portland Marathon in a time of 3:34:43. This was an incredibly hard race for me. It took everything I had to run that time. I am extremely proud of that race because of what I did, qualifying for Boston. But there are a couple things I did that could stand to be improved upon. Specifically I went out to fast in the first 11 miles and could barely keep my pace the last 6 miles and I did a terrible job at recovering after the race.
So on Sunday, November 6th I will be running the Santa Clarita marathon. Since I have achieved my BQ already I have two different goals for this race that I think will help me greatly as I train for an Ironman. First I want to run each 6 mile segment of the race faster than the previous and then run the last mile the fastest of the whole race. I am finally seeing the value in being able to pace myself effectively. This is a skill I must improve at if I want to do an Ironman which will take me anywhere between 13-15 hours. I usually am pretty good at evenly or negatively splitting a race but this time I want to really try to get faster as the race goes on.
The other thing I want to do (and must do because I have a 50K 2 weeks after the marathon) is take my recovery (immediately after and for the next couple days) serious. I did a miserable job not taking care of my body (muscle wise and nutrition wise) after Portland. As a result my legs hurt for days and 4 days post marathon I had to take a day off work just to sleep! This time I will be prepping a variety of foods to eat right after the race and the rest of the day. I also plan to do some aggressive icing, stretching, and foam rolling.
Look for a post about Wednesday next week to see how I did.