Well, it was a great end to my season. I crushed my previous HM by over 5 minutes! Thanks to Eric for the book and his replies to this forum over the year as well as to all of you who have participated here. I am sore in all the right places this morning (calves, glutes, and hip flexors), so I know that I transitioned well.

Aside from the increased weekly mileage and the form tweaks, the rolling hills long runs in phase 2 helped e the most I believe, since my race had about 4 miles of steady inclines of varying grades from about mile 6 to mile 10. I was able to cruise uphill without waning while passing several walkers who had gone out ahead of me on the flatter portion.

Eric's HR training baseline tests and charts are the best I have come across. I am looking forward to getting a new GPS/HR device for Christmas this year to replace my base HR device. I can't wait.

Next up is my first full marathon. I have done 2 HMs and a few 5Ks. My PRs are 22:19 (2012) and 1:43:01 (2014). At age 39, I have been running for 3 years and averaged about 40 miles/week this past year.

I plan on increasing my weekly mileage to 50-60 this season in preparation. I also plan to be more consistent with my slant/wobble board exercises.

What else should I consider when setting goals and planning out my training for my first full? Any advice is welcome and appreciated.

Thanks all!

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Comment by Lori Enlow on December 23, 2014 at 9:08am

Stick to your training plan....don't try to "do more". Rest is crucial in your training...keep ez days ez and rest days rest so you have the juice for those extra  miles and increased intensity. Trust your training. Those are always the biggies for me.

Comment by Patrick Garrick on November 10, 2014 at 2:57pm

Good advice, Robert! I am enjoying it. I just enjoy contemplating the possibilities as well. I am resting for a couple of days.

Comment by Robert Burpee on November 10, 2014 at 2:44pm
Patrick, congratulations on your season & improvement.
If I can be so bold, don't forget to enjoy your journey.

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