Retrospecting. The lack of running goals.

It was with great regret that I didn’t run the Army half marathon.  It was a very tough decision, but it was an obvious decision.  Didn’t train consistently, wasn’t well rested and just got back from a red-eye flight from California.

This was the second race in 2013 that I had signed up for but didn’t run.  First one was Boston.  I had worked hard to qualify for the second year in a row.  A highlight was that I managed to improve my marathon finishing time from 3:08 to 3:02.

With the disappointment of not being able to attend the Boston 2013 marathon, I decided to take a more relaxed and fun approach to training for the Ottawa Marathon.  I had an OK training season.  I was not as consistent as I would have liked, but still managed to pull off a PB of 2:59.  It was a bitter sweet victory.  I attribute my success to my long term training discipline, not necessarily the choice in training plan.

I found it was interesting that in 2012, I trained 6 days a week following the 100 day marathon training plan designed by Dr. Marius Bakken.  For any serious runner, I would highly recommend his plan.  Purely awesome!  I was very happy with my results but recall that I was very close to injury as the volume of training was very high.  With those observations in mind, I decided to try a new approach.  If nothing more, add variety in my training.

I decided to try the 3Plus2 training plan, as outlined in The Furham FIRST Training Plan. Popularized in the book “Run Less, Run Faster” and lots of favourable press in Runner’s World.

The plan is quite simple:

– 3 quality runs per week

– 2 cardio cross-training workouts per week (NOT running)

So, that brings us to current day.  What running goal(s) do I set for 2014?  Rather than starting with setting goals, I am going to spend some more time reviewing the data from my running career that started in 2010.

I would like to get faster and stay injury free; but I think I really need to work on my form, technique and speed in order to get any faster than 2:59.  Do I need to seek professional help (clearly the answer is YES)?  Since I don’t know the techniques and can’t watch my runs it is hard to judge.  Also, I am very interested in taking a more scientific approach.  From that, learn more about my natural running talents and attributes; in order to find the ideal training plan and be able to continue running as long as I can.

I have heard good things about Peak Centre.

For now, I’ll focus on enjoying building my base.  Maybe I’ll ask for a training season at Peak Centre for Christmas =).

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