Gearing up for #FallTraining

As I mentioned in my last post, it’s been HOT this summer.  Unrelentingly so.  It has made my typical training schedule almost impossible.  I basically took the month of July off from heavy training, but have forced myself to get out there for August so that I could be somewhat ready to tackle the Ragnar Trail New England Relay this past weekend.
I logged just shy of 75 miles this month, which considering the conditions I am extremely happy with this mileage.  (I ran less than 45 in July, and 65 in June.)  My times have been mud slow, which though understandable given the temperatures and the humidity levels, is not doing me any favors for my PR goal in October.
Ragnar, though leaving me a little broken down and sore this week, has helped to kickstart me a bit in planning my September training.  I have a busy few weeks coming up (including a “tune up” half marathon 2 weeks before the goal race … ironically, this race had a higher registration fee than the goal race, too!), and planning long runs when you have jam packed weekends can be tricky.  My friend Christine at Albany Wayfarer recently wrote about using the Hanson’s Marathon Method to get her mileage high, which includes shorter runs but more of them, as she trains for Philadelphia in November.  While I’m not going to pretend I know the specifics of the training plan, the method gave me an idea.
We have plans to be out of town in a couple of weeks, and immediately following our return is Troy Craft Beer Week (which also coincides with our wedding anniversary!).  I had a thought – what if, perhaps, instead of one 12 mile run and a handful of 3-4 mile runs, I did 2 or 3 8 mile runs peppered with some shorter runs that week?  It’s about 8.5 miles to Troy using the Mohawk Hudson Bike-Hike Trail … what better way to get in those midweek miles than to run to tasty libations?  Then, keep myself in check by planning a 3-4 mile “wraparound” run the following morning.
I don’t know how I’ll fare with this.  The first half (Adirondack Distance Festival Half Marathon on September 25) is my “tune up” half, so even if I crash and burn that I still have hope for some rest and recovery for a strong run at Hartford on October 8.
Wish me luck!

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