Pride necessarily sprouts and grows; a pride that can only come from relentless kneading of unwilling flesh, painful months of grinding and burning away all that is heavy, all that is strength-sapping and useless to the body as a projectile. --John L. Parker, Jr., runner/author
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. --Theodore Roosevelt
Solid Tempo Run on treadmill: 1 Mile warm-up followed by 2X4 Mile Repeats at 6:40 with quarter mile jog between repeats; 0.75 easy and 0.5 at 6:58 to cool down and recover.
Night Sleep Time: 5.00
Nap Time: 0.00
Total Sleep Time: 5.00
From Rob Murphy on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 20:34:01 from 188.8.131.52
How difficult did the 6:40 pace seem?
From Wesley Hunt on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 00:45:14 from 184.108.40.206
Not terribly difficult. I was working pretty hard during the final two miles of the second 4-mile repeat, but I didn't have any major issues. I've been wearing a brace on the right knee for three weeks, and limiting speed work and total mileage (trying to maintain 40 - 45 per week), but otherwise, training is proceeding on schedule.
From Rob Murphy on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 09:44:54 from 220.127.116.11
One thing to remember, at least by my experience, is that everything seems easier on race day. Hopefully you are rested, mentally ready, properly fueled and all that. I'm always amazed at how easy a certain pace will feel in a marathon as compared to training. Of course the big question is how your body will hold up the last few miles. For that, the key is mileage - so if you are shooting for 40-45 miles a week, make it 45 if at all possible.
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