Last weekend, I ran the super hilly Westside 10Miler in blistering cold, windy, and wet weather conditions. I finished in 1:03:03 (6:18/mile), which was good enough for 3rd place overall. The next day, I got up and ran 20 miles with my friend Patrick at 7:38 pace.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to tweak my training format. I’ve had success for multiple years now. Particarly in 2018 given that I PR’d every distance from 5K to the marathon. Now, I just want to raise the bar for 2019. I’m going to keep the same base program (Pfitzinger) but I’m going to tweak it some more by reducing the distance variance in my log run... no more 18 milers - I’ll keep it 20+. Also, I want to move my longest long from 23 to 24. Aside from that. I’ll pick up the pace on work days and drop the pace on recovery efforts. I’ll also take a long look at my tempo work to see if I could gain by swapping out some of the tempo stuff for longer, slower MP work. We will see; I just wanted to share a few thoughts rumbling through my head as I ponder on how to make 2019 an even better run year than my amazing 2018.