Thursday, April 3, 2008

Spring Classic strategy

I'm going to try to hit about 80-85 miles this week, training "through" the Spring Classic 1/2 Marathon, which means I'll use it as a tempo run. At last November's Fall Classic 1/2 Marathon, which is run on the same course and is organized by the same group (Cleveland West Road Runners), I ran a 1:24 and won my age group. But that was a key event for me and I'd tapered one week for it, hoping to vindicate myself after a disappointing Columbus Marathon. With the Spring Classic being a training run for me, I'm looking at a goal time of 1:27.

As part of my overall planning, here's what I'm going to do the day of the Spring Classic:
Warmup: 2-3 miles super-easy pace with striders
Spring Classic: 13.1 miles at tempo pace with a 1:27 goal
Cooldown: 1 mile easy
PM Run: 4 miles easy
Total for day: 20-21 miles

Then on Sunday I'll allow for some recovery, shooting for 14 miles at easy pace. The next week (4/7-4/13) I'm going to aim for another 100+ mile week with speedwork on probably Wednesday.


  1. Sound like a good plan. I've decided not to do the Spring Classic, which I was only considering as a tempo run anyway. I did 10.5 miles at my marathon target on Wednesday night, so I'll save the entry fee for this one.

  2. Good luck with your stellar plan.

  3. wyatt, you need to work on your pacing.