Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Journey to the Louisiana Marathon

A while back I made a crazy decision to run another marathon. I told myself I would take some time off from the distance, and I did. (355 days to be exact). Still, this cycle didn't go the way I would have like it.

Since I came into this training with such a solid base, I only had nine weeks of an actual training plan. I had long runs if 18-19-20 miles and peaked mileage wise at 47 miles. All of my long runs (except my 20) averaged between a 9:15-9:30 conversational pace. 

Easily my best run this cycle.

Through a good bit of training I had this awful pressure in my right foot. I wasn't in denial about it, and I kept everything in check as long as I could. I was super happy I made it through my 20 miler, but I knew I wouldn't make it much farther.

Put in perspective, taking a week off was probably the best thing I could have done. Not only did my foot start feeling better but some other nagging issues started feeling better too. You know, marathon training aches and pains. Plus, I had some weird swelling on my ankle bone since July (not kidding) and it is pretty much gone!

Through it all, I still had my sights set on a sub-4 marathon. It's something I feel like I should have accomplished by now. I have proven myself through my half marathon progression that I should be able to do this. When I tell people my half PR (1:42) and then my full (4:14) they give me a look. Yes, I know, I'm not the best at running marathons, but I'm trying. 

After thinking long and hard about it, I guess it's time to make it official. Here are my goals for the Louisiana Marathon!

A Goal: Sub-4. That clock can read 3:59:59 for all I care. The biggest thing I need to do is stay focused. I have a terrible attention span in marathons and I get bored. Usually around mile 23 I'm just kinda checked out. Can't do that this time! 

Got my pace band!

B Goal: Marathon PR Sub 4:14. There is no reason for me to not PR at this race. I have almost all of my long runs at a better average pace then my marathon PR. I would be elated to PR. 

C Goal: Finish. This is always a marathon goal for me. My last marathon time was 5:36. Any time better than that will be a major win. Just crossing that finish line will be all smiles for me! 

Thank you all again for taking this journey with me! It is really hard to put your goals out there, but you all have been nothing but encouraging through it all. I am so grateful for all of the support. 

What is some advice you have for mental blocks in marathons? When did you run your first sub-4 marathon?


  1. Good luck Steff! Can't wait to see how things went.. I know you will kill it! I wish I could offer advice for a marathon - but I'm still a new half marathoner.. Just stay focused on the goal!

  2. Still waiting on my sub 4 ;) I feel like we have similar issues in the marathon, so I'm hoping I can also break that barrier this year! You're much better in the half than me, so I have all the faith in you. You're going to crush this! So excited to see how you do!!!!!!! (is that enough !!!'s to show my support?)

    1. Thanks! If I figure it out, I'll let you know lol

  3. Good luck and have a great race, Steff!

  4. Steff, I think you're going to have a great run; I know this has been a challenging training cycle, but the best part is that you've taken care of yourself and you're ready to go. I have no doubt that you can run your 'A' goal if the day and conditions are right; we don't always wake up to that on race day, but I'll be cheering for you no matter what!!

  5. Good luck, Steff! You've been on such a roll with races, I have no doubt you're going to have a great race. Believe it!

  6. This is your time, Steff! You've got this sub-4! I just know you can do it. I'll be cheering you on!