Marathon training has been going great so far! Looking back at the past month or so, I’ve hit every long run and weekly mileage is good. My legs feel fit and fresh most days, and now that our base is solid, we’ve started incorporating distance-based speed work.
I think one mark of being in good racing shape, is consistency during a hard track workout. The other day, we had a track workout: 4 x 800 (@ 3:10), followed by 2 x 400 (@ 1:30). Unfortunately, my 400 splits during the 800’s were all over the place. So by that standard, I’m certainly not in racing shape yet. But come April 15, I hope to be!
Track workouts are my favorite hands down (seriously, love ’em), but I know how beneficial a sustained hard effort, during a tempo run, can be for distance training. I like to break up my mid-week longer runs with controlled tempo efforts. Something like, (10 mins easy, 10 mins medium effort, 10 mins hard) and repeat, for however long the run may take.
While I have been really happy with marathon training these past few weeks, concern about getting speed work or long runs done (or any runs, for that matter), will be on the bottom of my list of things to do while in Africa. Sure, if it’s safe and we have the time to run, we most certainly will. But this is a trip of a lifetime, baby. We’re going to Africa to safari and to soak up the culture (not to stress about how/when/where we’ll be able to run)!
For every previous vacay we’ve been on, we’ve been able to incorporate running into our sight seeing. And it’s been a blast; such a great way to tour the cities/sites. Maybe it’ll work out in Kenya? Maybe not. But in any case, I’m not too worried this time around :)
Running while on vacation: thoughts?