I’ve been pouring over the data since I got back from New Jersey, and honestly, I don’t like what I see. I always do this; over analyze every step of the race, the training miles, the pacing. The mistakes seem so glaringly obvious once you throw it all into a graph. But I know there is no sense in beating myself up over a race that’s finished. There is nothing left to be done for the past, so I need to simply learn from it and move on.
I know where I messed up in the race & I know where I failed in training. The numbers don’t lie. But I can take all this data and use it as a positive tool to train better for the next race. When I run Boston I will be on top of my marathon game!
I’ve also realized that by compiling these numbers I’ve made a lot of excuses. Of course, they are all legit; I really was running that race five months post-partum, I really had no choice but to train two days a week for a month, & no, I couldn’t get in any more miles in that cycle. It was just life while being a runner. But they are still excuses – reasons for holding myself back – and as I grow as a marathoner (and my desire to get faster grows), I am realizing that I can work around some of these reasons. I can find a way to do it, I just have to get clever. And, more importantly, I have to decide just how badly I want to achieve those goals. I know I can get to a 3 hour marathon, but I also know just how many miles (and hours on my feet) that’s going to take. Do I really want this? Am I willing to suck it up & run?
After looking over all the numbers I can see myself getting better. I was smarter with each training cycle, which led to faster times. It’s nothing but improvement and that is truly something to celebrate. However, to be realistic, numbers show that I clearly need to run more…a lot more. I need to focus on The Long Run and Easy Miles throughout the week to increase my weekly mileage. If this data isn’t proof enough that more miles make you faster, I don’t know what is! And so that will be my main focus has I build my training plan for Boston – lots of miles, lots of focus.