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How a Simple Training Change Led to a New Marathon PR

How a Simple Training Change Led to a New Marathon PR

I am usually pretty good about conducting thorough research on a new pursuit before diving headlong into it, but when I set out to train for a marathon I did so without looking into how to properly train. This was a mistake, as I wasted many miles on workouts that were not at all beneficial for the distance I was preparing to run. Since I had run cross-country way back in high school, I figured the workouts I had done in preparation for the 5,000-meter races would be more than sufficient if I only slightly modified the distances and effort. I was wrong.

I knew that volume was one of the most important considerations in a marathon training program, and I was able to quickly move up to 60 and 70 miles per week after about six months of dedicated training. While I was increasing the volume, I was also doing speed sessions on the track that were completely unnecessary and probably had a negative effect on my efforts on race day.

I completed my first marathon without much trouble, but I did not run the time that I thought I was capable of. This is when I started to look a bit more deeply into marathon training and realized that I could train for this distance much more efficiently by ditching the speed sessions in exchange for anaerobic threshold (AT) runs. Training this way I was able to bring my volume up to 80 to 90 miles per week and felt good enough to include a number of 18- and 20-mile long runs before race day. This simple change allowed me to PR by a wide margin over my previous time in the marathon, and I even ran the half-marathon splits faster than I had ever run the distance before.

On My Recent Rediscovery of the Joy of Gardening

On My Recent Rediscovery of the Joy of Gardening

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Up until recently, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the practice of gardening. My mother kept a garden in the backyard of my childhood home, and I used to thoroughly enjoy working in the dirt on weekends and caring for the array of fruits, vegetables and flowers we kept. In the time since then I have maintained little herb gardens strictly for cooking purposes, but for some reason I recently felt moved to prepare a few beds with the intent of taking up gardening again.

I spent an entire weekend getting the beds ready for planting, making sure I had the soil just right and that I had a clear idea just how much shade and just how much sun each bed would get on any given day. I headed to the nursery the following weekend and was completely shocked by how far my dollar went there.

I picked out some colorful flowering plants for instant gratification and picked up some seeds for the sake of testing my patience. When I returned home, I immediately began arranging the most ideal location for each plant and then spent the rest of my day planting everything I had brought home from the nursery. At the end of the day I was exhausted, but it was that happy kind of exhaustion that reminds you that you worked hard at doing something you truly enjoy.

Since that first day of planting I have tended to my little planting beds on a daily basis, checking for bugs, keeping the soil moist and even talking to each plant just a bit in case plants respond to encouragement. I cannot believe how much I have enjoyed gardening, and it has really been quite therapeutic. It is hardly work, and with a bit of luck I will soon be literally enjoying the fruits of my labor.

I’m Douglas Pitassi!

I’m Douglas Pitassi!

Hi! I’m Douglas Pitassi and I’m making this blog to express myself! I’m very expressive so expect excitement and experimental expletives! EXCELSIOR! That’s one of them, there! Don’t exit so exuberantly! I’m only exquisitely excreting expertly exhorted exigencies! These excessive exemplars are only exclaimed to expatiate, not exorcise.  I’m extra excited to have such excellent examiners of my explanation.

EXPLOSION!!!!!!!!!

OH, MY DAYS!!!

How exhausting! What an extreme exertion this has been.