There are a lot of variables right now that are prohibiting the effectiveness of my running. Therefore, I have decided to take a step back and rethink my running strategy. It was in my mind's schedule to run a fall marathon to jump start my Knoxville Marathon training. However, I do not think that I will be able to do any significant running distance for most of the summer/fall. At this point, I am not sure if Big South Fork 17.5 mile run will be on my schedule, as it conflicts with some other events.
This leaves me with what to do to about my running. The lack of babysitters during the week has left my evening running to the ultimate minimum, zero. With Ryan's arrival my ability to wake up at 5am to run for an hour has been significantly hampered. My weekends are pretty much taken up with family events, so what does that leave me with?
Lunchtime. Currently, I am swimming twice a week anywhere from 800 meters to 1600 meters, but mainly about 1000 meters or so. I think what would be best would be for me to take two of the other days and introduce running on those days, maybe 3 to 4 miles. I think at my present pace, that would work to fit within the current lunchtime parameters.
My focus, pace time. My 5k PR will be 3 years old this year, my 8k PR time 6 years!!! A link to all my PR time is here. So on my agenda for running is to map out a 3 and 4 mile course around here at UT and figure out split areas so that I monitor my time. If I can gain my speed back, perhaps my marathon time will drop.
One of my running buddy's Ray G is in this situation. He has been doing major speed work since March and now is shifting into marathon mode with his brother. He's a lot faster than I am ~20min 5k, but the transition should be about the same.