My approach to cross training has generally been to get injured, then start cross training with weights etc and then slowly stop doing it and then tweak something and get back into it. I really need more discipline. I posted a few days about about really committing to my training and I know that is going to require getting a little more serious about my cross training.
Last week during weekly happy office hours I talked to Steve about where I am with my training and my general tendency to be pretty conservative with my training. That’s served me well but I feel like for CIM I’m in right around sub 3 hour marathon shape. I need to start pushing myself a little beyond what would necessarily be the safest approach so for Boston I can go all out. To do that week by week I’ll choose between a 3 hour and 2:55 training paces. Here’s what that looks like for a marathon and half:
Marathon Time MGP 1/2MGP
2:59:59 6:53, 6:31
2:54:59 6:41, 6:20
The pace difference isn’t crazy but I know the added strain is something I need to account for and there comes the cross training. The main focus will be core work and light strength work focusing on the main muscle groups to keep them in balance. There were some great comments by Mike W and Amy on a post I had about the risk/reward balance we’re always playing with. I thought Amy summarized it well:
“If the training load is inappropriate for a particular athlete, a couple of things are likely to happen: either under-achievement OR burnout/injury”
I’m probably on under-achievement side right now so I’m looking forward to switching it up between the 3:00 and 2:55 range for CIM, and getting better about all the other things like nutrition and cross training so those are in place and routine in order to push myself as much as I can for Boston training.
Right under 9 Miles
2.9 miles out with 1 min hard, 1 min easy – under 20 min
2.9 miles back steady, 18:30 total time (16:23 pace – in the 2:55 zone this week)