99 days and counting...

We're within 100 days of the Trials... that's scary...

A quick mid-week update: I've been running a little tired lately, as evidenced by my TC 10 performance. It's hard to know what to do (since I'm relatively new to marathoning and mileage). I think I'm feeling this way because there have been so many changes to my training plan: I'm following the elite Daniels plan, which has much longer tempo and MP workouts in them (uff, I thought the regular plan was hard!!); Mileage is up (For Grandma's, I hit 95 miles once, 92 miles another week... for Houston I have 7 weeks above 95 miles planned (3 of which are 105)), and paces are being challenged.

Perhaps it'll just take a while to get used to all of this? Or perhaps I should back off the paces a little bit? During my MP workout yesterday, it was relatively comfortable to hit 6:16s -- I had to really work to bring that to 6:10s, which is my new goal. Question is: do you push for sub 6:10s, and eventually that becomes easier? Or do you go at what "feels" like MP and that pace will come down gradually as the training plan progresses & I become stronger & more fit?

On another note, I'm doing really well with my weight and nutrition (well, I should clarify: really well in comparison to what I used to be doing, my goals are still to do much better :)). I've held my weight at 107.4 this week, which is relatively light for me. I was down to 106.0 for Grandma's, and my goal will be to get there again within the next 3 weeks. Fun to think I can be there so early in the training cycle! The goal will be to be even lighter than that for Houston - a weight yet to be determined (with the help of a body fat test - hoping someone can point me to a "number" to shoot for). I just don't want to be carrying around anything I don't NEED at Houston. Based on how out of place I felt at TC 10 vs. the extremely fit/lean US Championship women, I have a bit on me that I don't need :)

Part of it has been the change in the foods that I eat: I'm now eating a TON of healthy foods. I haven't allowed myself to buy anything packaged or bad for you in the last 3 weeks, and instead have snacked on greek yogurt, organic bread with PB, etc. Sometimes I find myself staring longingly into our pantry or fridge, wishing there were packaged cookies, chocolate bars, pop tarts, or anything else to "satisfy" me. [Apples just don't fill you like a heavy, unhealthy, sugar/fat filled snack :)] Ohh, just writing about those things makes me crave them...

I do allow myself to cheat when the "bad" food is being provided (i.e. snacks left out at work, goodies made by mother-in-law, etc). There's probably a little more cheating than I should have, but at least this method limits it :)

My body/stomach have had a hard time getting used to this. Seriously. I'm guessing it's just because my diet now has a ton more fiber, and I'm eating a lot more (you can eat so much more when everything is healthy!).

That's all for now... plugging away, one day at a time (with only 99 more to go!). Yikes!!

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

1 comment:

  1. Long time reader, first time commenter. 3 or more months out, being within 5 seconds/mile of goal marathon pace is totally fine.

    I've done the Daniels' elite plan (adapted for 2:49 marathon) several times, and the first 3 week cycle is tough. I often find I'm hitting the goal pace in the 2nd 3 week cycle. First one is always a bit slow.