This has been the most intense and by far the most miles I have ever logged in my marathon preps. I have run 12 marathons in the past 3 years and I am reflecting on each of those marathon training cycles. My first training cycle in which I really had no idea what I was doing average 25-35 mpw for 6-8 weeks of training I hit my 4:05, ran another 5 weeks later hit 4:01 and than 5 weeks later 3:57. Took a good 5 month break and started up training again and knew a few more things this time I trained for 12 weeks and reached the high of 48 miles averaging 35-40 miles for those weeks. In the Fall of 2009, I ran 3:52 at Marine Corp and than 7 weeks later ran 3:46:19 - 20 seconds shy of my BQ. And those weeks in between were low mileage due to nursing a piriformis issue so I peaked at 30 miles in the weeks between those 2 marathons. The second time I hit 3:46 in April 2010 I was also running lower mileage while trying to come back after a hip flexor injury that came on in Jan 2010. So after reflecting back on my previous training cycles, I am excited to see what running in the 50-70s for 4 months will make the marathon feel like especially in those final miles. I remember feeling very strong when in the Fall 2009 on making the jump to 40s.
Houston Lets Roll!