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Here it comes – another year and another run of the Grand Rapids Marathon with the perennial goal of qualifying for Boston. I’ve been trying to achieve this goal for about five years now. I thought maybe when I turned 45 and I my qualifier changed to 3:25 that I would be within range. But events in 2015 and 2016 came and went with PRs but no BQs.
So now here I am again, my PR only 15 minutes short of my goal. My training has been a bit sporadic this year after some burnout caused by what I think was heavy training through the winter and spring months for the Kettle 100 followed by a challenging race day at Kettle. I have been running but the energy just hasn't been there like it should be. I figure it's my body telling me to layoff a bit, so I haven't really pushed it until now.
I'm currently running about an 8:45 10K comfortably, which I can push to about 7:30 with effort. My half marathon pace has been hovering around 9:00 and I have not done anything farther than that since Kettle. These numbers are similar to last year at this time and I ended up coming out with a 3:40 PR at Grand Rapids so there is something that tells that I can do this with a little bump.
My sleep is good, getting a consistent 8 to 9 hours a night. I eat mostly vegetarian with some chicken and fish mixed in occasionally for good measure.
I’ve tried everything I can think of in terms of training. Workouts are a mix of fartlek, high intensity speed and slow distance runs. I try to follow 80-20 as close as possible although there are days I just want to bomb through long runs. I average about 25 miles a week, ramping up to between 40 and 50 in the couple weeks before my two week taper.
I’ve made modest gains over my running career and I know it’s in me to do this, I just need to figure out how. And since I am too cheap to hire a coach, I am coming to you the running community for advice, encouragement and guidance.