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The System is the Solution

David Jeter   Friday, March 18, 2011

It has been a good week of training. Had a bit of a scratchy throat, which made for a painful and cold morning 8 on Wednesday. My long run was 16 miles on the Fish Lake Trail. My goal is to keep up a 9 minute mile pace up for three hours to get me to the 20 mile mark.  Then, I will be able to take it a little easy on the last 6.2, which is obviously the more difficult part.  The name of the game for the next two weeks needs to be focus and discipline. From nutrition to hydration to pace and route choice, my training runs are as important as ever.  The next two weeks will be 18 and 20 miles respectively. There is a part of me that wants to do the 20 next week to get it over with, but then I come back to trusting the marathon plan.  “The System is the Solution.” – I saw that on an armored car one time.  A side note of inspiration for me…

The Boston Marathon was run over the weekend, and the guy from Kenya who won ran it in a little over 2:03, which is about 4 min 14 sec per mile. That makes my brain hurt a lot. I can’t do a 100 yard dash at that pace, let alone 26.2 miles.