Today, I'm feeling a bit sore and apprehensive as I come off of my hamstring injury. I stopped going to physical therapy and wanted to see how I felt after this run. I'm better than I was before, but still not 100 percent. I likely need to return to PT and will look into next week.
Long story short, I've been looking at the McMillan Calculator and the FIRST marathon training calculator. They're both pretty similar - it almost identically matches my 5K PR. This makes me think that there might be some science to these things, but I think they're also really ambitious. My only goal is a sub-4-hour marathon, which FIRST says I can best by 15 minutes. Let's not get crazy here, though.
|FIRST marathon calculator|
So my plan is to follow the pacing suggested in the calculator as much as possible, but not beat myself up if I can't hack it. Staying injury free is the primary goal of this training cycle. I won't risk my Ironman go on a pie-in-the-sky marathon time. There will always be another marathon. This could be my only shot at making the Ironman a reality.
Traning starts Sunday. Bring it.