As I hold myself accountable for holding myself accountable I think it's beneficial to make public what I need to work on most in following through with this 5 months of specific training.
1) Build a strong base. I have not had a good base since 2004 when I'd run the Whiskey Row Marathon in early May. I loved putting in alot of miles thru the winter in Flagstaff, AZ.
2) Diet. I'm 10 pounds over weight at the moment. In the past I'm usually about 5 over and it quickly comes off with increase in milage. In an attempt to have some really good nutrition and save some time with shopping and cooking I've decided to use a local place for my meals. I've done the math and compared to what I would spend on myself at the grocery each week the difference is very small. So I don't see this as a $70/week expense since subtracting what I already spend on food needs to be considered. Veg-In-Out http://www.veginout.net/home.html
I'll be eating the basic breakfast, cereal and friuts/breads, and eating fish once a day with the prepared meals.
3) I love running hard, but never seem to practice running fast. For example, in the past I've done alot of 15% grade at a 15 minute pace followed by a 9.5% Double IPA; I really enjoy this stuff. However, I will need to add some flat fast stuff to my training to be able to run comfortable at a faster pace.
I believe these 3 components will be a big help for the 40 miler in Feb.
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