Quick Check-In: Heading Up To Boston

Short post about my recent absence and upcoming events.

I haven’t posted in a while and I wanted to check back in here.

It’s been a pretty stressful few weeks. I’m in the process of planning a big running trip (which has been one of my many recent stressors), but I don’t want to jinx it by talking about it much.

I’m technically in taper mode for the Marine Corps Marathon but it hasn’t been going great. Legs have been stiff from overtraining, and none of my runs for the past couple weeks have left me feeling confident. Hopefully more rest will do me some good.

I decided to take a mini mental health vacation and head to Boston tomorrow (Friday) night. No real plans except relaxing and eating good, maybe running along the Charles River and checking out the finish line / part of the course of the Boston Marathon.

Sometimes when life starts feeling overwhelming taking a step back from it can be the best thing for you.

I’ll try to post again before the MCM on the 22nd, and I’ll definitely post a race recap afterwards.

Thanks for reading!

PS: I have so much respect for people who manage to continue posting regularly despite life taking its occasional downturns. When I get stressed the last thing I want to do is something optional that requires brain power like writing does, but hopefully it’s a skill I can develop.

Running Lost In The Woods

Trail running and getting lost in the woods

Does it count as getting lost if you did it on purpose?

There’s this state forest I go to sometimes when I just want to run around in nature (edit: I recorded some video of my adventure if you want to check out the terrain). It has tons of different trails, and every time I go I try to follow one but always wind up losing it, and wind up somewhere I didn’t intend to (fortunately I always carry my phone with me and manage to find the path / somewhere familiar).

I treat these runs like an opportunity to leave my running comfort zone. There’s a whole different feeling to a run when you aren’t entirely sure where you are or where you’re going. The subtle feeling of panic that sets in adds a level of excitement. It’s a controlled panic mind you, I’m certainly not advocating for people putting themselves in dangerous situations. But going somewhere new on a run is a surefire way to spice up your running routine.

Ramapo Lake

Today I got a little extra lost, but it turned out fine of course. I knew I was never in any real trouble. I got about 8.5 miles of mountain and trail running in, explored some new areas of the forest, and just wanted to share with you all as I sit here at Starbucks hydrating and recovering.

Starbucks and Blogging

Is there anything you do to occasionally change up your routine? Ever go off down new roads or to new cities or parks to explore? Let me know!

 

Marine Corps Marathon Training Strategy 2 Months Out

Training strategy for the Marine Corps Marathon

With just about 2 months to go until my next goal race, the Marine Corps Marathon, I wanted to quickly check in with my training and talk about my progress leading up to that race.

Rock The River Race Photo

For my previous marathon, the 2017 Los Angeles Marathon (check out my race report here), my training was lower mileage (peaking at a 71 mile week), and focused more on speed work, with lots of progressive and fartlek runs.

For the Marine Corps Marathon, my goal is to beat my LA Marathon time and finish somewhere around 2:46. To do this, I’ve decided to try focusing on elevation gain and higher mileage. My last 2 weeks of running have been my highest recorded mileage weeks ever according to Strava, at 95 and 90 miles respectively. I’ve also been averaging about 3,500 feet of elevation gain per week for the past month or so, which isn’t a ton but it’s almost triple what I was averaging in the past.

My overall average pace has been slightly slower than in the past, but I’m not worried about that. I’m hoping that speed will come with the mileage I’m putting in. I still get out to the track for a little speed work, and add some fast marathon pace miles into some of my runs, but as a whole I’m less concerned with running fast during training.

We’ll see if this strategy works out, but I have a good feeling it will. I can tell that my legs are much stronger than they’ve ever been due to the miles and elevation. My only concerns are staying healthy, and whether my legs will remember how to go fast.

 

What do you think is more optimal for marathon training when trying to get a fast time: more speed with fewer miles, or less speed with more miles?

 

Thanks for reading!

Quick Introduction

TheSpeedydave’s first blog post and introduction

Hi there.

I’m David, aka TheSpeedydave. I created this blog as a place to post about some of my running tips, reviews, experiences, goals, and achievements. I’m hoping the topics I write about will be interesting for others, so I decided to make this a public thing.

I’m a 2:54 marathoner, looking to go sub 2:48 at the Marine Corps Marathon in October. That’s what I’m focusing my training on, and I’ll be sharing my progress towards that goal here.

I’ve got a more thorough introductory post planned, but I want to wait a little while before I post it. For now I’ll start with some quick tip posts on things I’ve picked up on, and maybe some reviews that I think may be helpful for other runners as well.

Looking forward to sharing with you!