The marathon that I am going to do this spring is a part of an event that I have participated in several times before. Every single time it has been an experience that I have both remembered and enjoyed.
I am very excited to be running the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach on March 16th!!! J and A Racing has done a great job with the event and I’m excited that they are going to have me back to be a part of the event again this year. Just last year I finished 4th in the marathon, but previous years have included a 3rd place finish in the half marathon (1:06) and a 5th place finish in the 8k (which is still my 8k PR (24:08).
I have yet to put together an “ideal” marathon. I have run 6, but still feel like I have not figured it out….both the training, racing and fueling. This time around I’m hoping things are going to be different. I am in much better shape than I was last year before building up towards Shamrock and I am hoping that I will be able to get in a large number of specific marathon (Renato Canova type) workouts that I have not been able to get in before a marathon in the past. (In the past I would do a couple of these workouts, but I am hoping that I will be able to get in a bunch more this year and make a big difference in my result on March 16th).
For those of you that do not know, I am a big believer/follower of Renato Canova and his marathon training methods. I truly believe Rentato is one of the best (if not the best) marathon coaches in the world today. For those of you that do not know who Renato Canova is you can read about his philosophy here.
I love experimenting with my training and seeing what I am capable of (and the athletes that I coach!)….that’s what keeps me in competitive running. Every person is different and finding that right mix of workouts is never the same when comparing one runner to another. It is like a big puzzle and that’s what I love about coaching and running.
One other thing that I love about Renato Canova is he has said over and over again that with the right training someone of my ability (in races of 10k-half marathon) should be able to run under 2:15 with the right training. I am still trying to figure out what that right training is for “me”, but I know that I can get to that point eventually. I am looking forward to the Shamrock Marathon possibly being that race….
I also need to thank Henry Klugh and the Keystone Track Club for their continued support! They have been a huge part in helping me continue to run at a high level. Thanks Guys!!!