Update on training for #prague2015

Monday, December 15, 2014

Part of the Prague route. Might be a bottleneck?
It has been several weeks since I started my 25 week build up to Prague. I have booked flights and been granted annual leave to run and explore a new city. A Prague guide book is in my Christmas list (fingers crossed Mom!).  My midweek runs are going well so far even though it is dark and cold in the morning before work. With a heavy heart I had to stop bringing my dog, Oldland, with me; he has no interest. He is 11 years old and doesn't even pant at my pace yet I am still having to drag him along.  He prefers to sleep in and then go for a walk with me when I get back. (What a life!) I guess I would do,the same if I didn't have a goal to be working towards.

I really like that my plan has Fridays and Mondays as rest days. It breaks up my week. Some days, James works from home with Oldland so I can head out on a #runch in the sunshine. On Wednesday a few weeks ago, I headed out and had my best pace so far for this training program.  My body seemed to take 3 weeks to dust off the cobwebs and remember what the heck it was doing.  Usually I manage a 9 min/mile pace and am always chasing the elusive (for me) 8 min mile.  

For now, my plantar fasciitis (PF) is under control.  I diligently stretch after each run and have been taping my foot all day every day for additional support.  I am debating about investing in new running shoes this week (as I am back in America) to keep the foot support at an appropriate level during my training.  Although I don't like speed work, I was thinking about incorporating some into the plan in a few weeks time to increase my pace.  Even though my goal is to finish, I will always have a time to best in my head (5:30 seems doable, right?). This is depends on my body falling into pieces on the road to Prague.

But wait! There's more!

Recently, I found out my ballot was accepted for Berlin Marathon 2015. Thus race will be at the end of September 2015 and friends/fellow teammates from RODS Racing will be there! I even have a couple friends in America who are offering to come cheer me on.  Plus some fabulous London runners  are going to be there too (but I am sure they will be much faster than I).  This race will keep me focused through the summer as I will have to maintain a baseline level of fitness for Berlin.  As one of the fastest marathon courses in the world, I hope to achieve a PB on my 2nd marathon.

For now, I will distract myself on training runs planning sightseeing routes and what I will eat in a foreign land in the days leading up to race day.  I must abide by the 'nothing new on race day' rule to avoid any instance of runner's tummy on the course.

Have you ever traveled internationally for a competition? What would you recommend I see/do pore-and post- race?

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