Five for Five

So back in November I decided I was going to run 5 marathons in 5 months since I  was not going to make my triathlon in 2013 (well I could have done a sprint but I do nothing small!). The plan was to go for 2 full marathons and 3 halves. Looking at the schedule I originally believed there was a half marathon in between the two full marathons but I was wrong and they were back to back. This led me to running one full and four halves. This is something I am quite content with considering, on the finishing end of these five races, I have already started full out training for a half iron man and my body feels great. While I probably will not choose to go through the stress of so many races in a row due to travel and dealing with packet pickup in combination with work and kids… these 5 competitions provided me with some valuable experience  and key lessons moving forward:

  1. Whomever said that natural running was a hoax has never tried it the right way. I went from not being able to run for almost a decade to averaging 70km a week.
  2. 6 weeks is not enough time to ramp up training for a marathon. 8 weeks is the perfect amount of time for my physical condition to be able to get in a couple of 30km+ runs along with a rest week in between.
  3. I had a hypothesis that I tested out. Running should be enough to train for running. So for about a year I only ran with interval training and didn’t lifted weights / cross train. There was definitely a gradual decrease in my speed which showed when I was running a half marathon in about 1.45. After one month of full body tabata training I hit 1.33 on my last half marathon and felt like I could easily break 1.30 with continued training. (well at least I had a theory!)

Luis Guilamo

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