I'm in my 5th week or so of training for either the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC or the Monster Mash Marathon in Dover, DE, both of which are near the end of October. So far, my training plan has been great and I'm optimistic that it will yield far better results in my next marathon. I ran 24 miles last week, and my my times are already improving drastically. I started out running around a 9:30-10:00 per mile pace in the beginning weeks, and I averaged 8:21 per mile during a 4-miler today.
I actually feel like I'm transitioning into a runner again. It's kind of funny to think that I ran a 16:52 3-mile PFT (Physical Fitness Test) in the Marine Corps a few (nearly 8!) years ago. That translates to a 5:37 per mile pace...I guess I've still got a ways to go, but I'm confident that over time I'll be able to get there again and even surpass my previous running abilities. I did that without ever training specifically for a run; I was just in good shape.
Training Breakdown for Last Week:
Tuesday: 3.28 miles; 38:15; Avg. Pace 9:56
Wednesday: 4.09 miles; 41:45; Avg. Pace 10:13
Thursday: 4.43 miles; 40:40; Avg. Pace 9:11
Saturday: 8.01 miles; 1:15:30; Avg. Pace 9:26
Sunday: 4.01 miles; 38:35; Avg. Pace 9:38
Total Mileage: 23.82 miles
Average Pace: 9:38