|Maybe I'll even wear a different outfit this time|
But I was injured. Worse, I didn't realize I was injured. I had plantar fasciitis, which I later sought treatment for. I had no idea it was beyond regular aches and pains. I also made this rookie mistake of completely neglecting strength training. I haphazardly visited the weight room on occasion, but I don't think I was doing anything consistently and certainly had crappy form. This drove me to try CrossFit last year and I rarely miss a week.
So new race, new me, new training plan. I say new me because I feel like I've gotten my injuries under control, I'm in better control of my nutrition and weight and have a consistent crosstraining and strength regiment thanks to CrossFit. In light of my increased abilities, recent PRs and upcoming Ironman, I want to push myself in this training cycle to lop 30 minutes off of my marathon time for a sub-4-hour finish. I chose this goal because according to the McMillan Calculator, I should be able to nail a 3:50 marathon. Seems a bit ambitious to me, but we'll see how training goes. I also went out and did four Yassos 800s Sunday and completed all the intervals in a time that would indicate I can nail a sub-4. I do know I'm stronger and lighter than the last time I started a marathon training cycle, so I hope that makes the difference I'm looking for.
Higdon method simply because I don't want to run five days per week. I looked into the Hanson Method, which seems like a solid plan and everyone is raving about it. If I had more time on my hands, it would be the plan to pursue.
I've settled on the FIRST Method plan, which calls for three highly regimented runs per week based upon your 10k time. As such, I'm running a 10k Sunday to ascertain my current time, since I last ran a 10K more than a year ago. Then, training starts Nov. 17. I'll continue CrossFit twice a week and rotate cycling and swimming into the remaining crosstraining opportunities.
Time to go get it.