I've had a week now to reflect on the 49th Rotorua Marathon. It was an event I'd trained a year for at my goal pace of between 4.44 min/km and 4.51 min/km. I'd achieved this week in and week out in my long runs for the last 12 weeks and yet on the day ran 5.21 min/km. I'll say it again a 5.21! Bloody hell.
The nice thing about finishing a running plan is that you can tear it up, throw it away and start again. So what had my plan been? My week began with a Tuesday recovery run of 11 km run at 4.51 min/km. Thursday a faster marathon paced run of 16 km at 4.35 min/km to 4.44 min/km. My third and final run for the week was my Sunday long run of between 21 km and 33 km at a pace of 4.51 min/km. Three runs a week on fairly flat terrain for a total of 54 km/week. I know it wasn't something Arthur Lydiard would have prescribed but isn't running about being patient?
I'm going to spend the next week or so assessing whether or not to run the Wellington Marathon in 6 weeks time. More importantly I'm going to look for a running programme that will get me closer to Boston. I have a funny feeling it will involve Yasso 800's, hill work, interval training and more that 3 runs per week.