Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at
Hey Hey Hey,
I am excited because I have committed to a new goal of running the Athletes Foot Adelaide Marathon for 2011 which is on August 28th.
This is just under six weeks away. I have enrolled and paid. Now I just need to keep running for the next six weeks before the event.
My first marathon, the recent 2011 Gold Coast Airport Marathon in July, took me a whopping 6 hours and 3 minutes, which was really to be expected given my quite limited training in the months leading up to it. My goal was just to complete it before the cut off time of 6.5 hours; and it was wonderful to achieve that.
However I was definitely very slow.
So now that I know I can actually get across the finish line of a 42.2km event, I have decided I want to improve on my time between now and then.
In fact I’m fairly sure I have to improve my time because I think the cut off time for this marathon event is 5.5 hrs?? If anyone knows for certain let me know. It’s not easy to find the information re cut off times on the site.
This means cutting at least 40 mins off my time to be safe. So to do this I am committing to training 4 days per week between now and then. No excuses!
I have also changed my training style. On my last run on Monday (I’ll go again today) I returned to my early training style of high intensity interval training and hill training and sprints.
I am living in hills again with plenty of bush track to run through -YAY. But this hill running was just through the streets.
I ran for an hour – 25 minutes of uphill bursts as fast as I could for as long as I could sustain them (about 30-40 seconds). Followed by 20 mins jog back down hill, and finished off with 15 minutes of 30 second sprints and recoveries.
OMG did I feel it yesterday! And in fact I was so sweaty and buggered by the end of it, it was a tough workout. My aim with this is to improve speed and cardio fitness.