Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Break and a Breakthrough.

After I finished the EQT 10 Miler Relay, I knew my body needed a break. I was physically/mentally/emotionally exhausted. I had put all of my heart and soul into breaking my half marathon PR. Once it was achieved, I was spent.


When I finished Akron I was suppose to take six days off. Since I didn't preform the way I wanted to, I took two days off. I pushed myself really hard until my next attempt two weeks later. My body was truly looking forward to that break and I was so happy to finally be able to give it. 


I took a week break from running. Well, pretty much a break from moving. My left leg was so tight that I could barely walk. I spent most of the week with my legs up in the air, compressed and iced. I started and *almost* completed my costume for Wine and Dine and did some Christmas shopping. 


The biggest thing that I did was set some goals for myself. 2015 is coming to an end. It's already November! The biggest of these goals were what on earth I am aiming for in Louisiana in January. I have never been this la-de-da to approaching a marathon that I want to race. 


I have really REALLY been throwing around the idea of wanting to PR. I had a beautiful race in Columbus last fall, and even though I had a monster PR then, I know I can beat that 4:14. The main driving factor to thinking this is because I just trained to finish, not to break records. I went out to have a good marathon, and that's what I did! 


Even before my half PR I had the goal in mind to train for a 4:05. I told Mark, who I am going to continue to work with, that I didn't think I was ready for a sub-4 marathon. Every time I have trained for a sub-4 I have gotten injured. I don't want to be in a boot again, I don't think it's worth it. I can feel the look he was giving me through the verbal diarrhea that was my email. A sub-2 half marathon isn't intimating, but a sub-4 marathon seems well out of my league. 


I started talking to Tara and Cecilia about it and they both were shocked that I wasn't going to try a sub-4. I told them about my injury streak and other fears and again, I could feel the looks. 


The final person I talked to was Kristy. Kristy is the kind of running friend everyone needs. She will calmly explain to you why you can do anything and here is the research to back it. As soon as I ran my PR half, she was texting me about sub-4. Is this really happening? I think it might be.


So, let's just get it out there. On January 17, 2016 at the Louisiana Marathon, I will be attempting a sub-4 marathon. If the clock says 3:59:59 I will be elated. This also means I am attempting a 15 minute marathon PR. The course is incredibly similar to Columbus, and the weather is usually perfect. If I am going to give it a shot, now is the time!




I am finally realizing I am one of those people who can run a sub-4 and should be doing it. My long runs over the summer were at a 9:20 pace, which would break my PR easily and those miles were at a very comfortable talking pace. Upping the mileage, continuing to get stronger and building my confidence should pull me through to accomplish this goal.


Training starts after Disney, and I am really looking forward to getting out there for a new type of training. I am ready for the long midweek and weekend runs. I am not ready for winter, but thank goodness I have a treadmill and a wonderful training partner. I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you. Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can!



Have you done a sub-4 marathon? What tips do you have for me?

22 comments:

  1. You are incredible!! Good luck & I can't wait to follow you on your sub-4 marathon journey :)

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  2. heck YEAH you can go sub-4. excited to watch ya do it!!!

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  3. YEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!!! (Just wanted to copy Tara)! But I know you can do this. And Tara and I will be your text support system when you need us!

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  4. Yay Steff!! So happy and excited for you!!! And if you ever need another running buddy (or if Carrie is busy!) let me know!!

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    1. Come join us!!! North Park is always looking for new crazy people lol

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  5. Awesome! I am so excited to follow along as you train for sub-4! I know you can do it.

    Your recent half marathon PR totally inspired me because I had always considered us pretty similar paces - and then you CRUSHED IT! You made me think, "hey, maybe I can do that too..."

    I have been chasing a sub-4 marathon for my last 3 marathons and have managed to get slower each time - but I am giving it another shot in February!

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    1. You can do it!! I feel like once you get that half PR crushed you can do anything lol. I'll be cheering you on!!

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  6. You've got it. Train your mind, your body is ready and capable. :)

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    1. Thanks Emily! I'm going to give it my all!

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  8. Thanks for the kind words Steff. You have SO got the sub-4 in you, you just have to believe it. Don't even think about the jump in minutes, that your PR will be, just think about all of those training paces that you are doing, and your recent race times! You are ready!

    I, like you, have had similar issues with injuries (all stress fractures for me, w/ a labral tear thrown in), and I really think if you incorporate weights, (especially weighted squats & lunges), into your training, you will be blown away about how healthy you stay, and the paces you can run. :)

    If you ever want to run, I'm in!

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    1. You are the best! Just staying healthy is the biggest goal!

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  9. I know you can do it! I found your blog a few months ago and it was so fun to follow along as you nailed that crazy half PR. Seems like blogging is a great way to hold yourself accountable for training hard and smart, and you actually inspired me to start one of my own :) You're totally capable of a sub-4. Can't wait to see you do it!

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    1. Yay Kate!!! Welcome to the blogging world! It is such a great way to stay honest with yourself. You will love it!

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  10. I think you can do it no problem! The key is believing you can do it and going from there. I will be running after this marathon so keep me in loop for weekend training runs!

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