I haven’t been posting much in December—I had plenty of work and very little time to come up with anything worth reading. But I have been running copiously, even scoring an unplanned but nice and demanding five-day-long hill session in Silesia, Poland. I’ve also been daydreaming about 2020 in terms of running.
I’m finally noticing an improvement in my fitness—my HR is dropping during easy runs and I’m attempting quality sessions with enthusiasm. The spate of favorable training sessions encouraged me to take my daydreaming a step further into actual planning of my 2020 running goals.
Although I have been toying with the idea of running a marathon for some time now, I lacked the courage and results to fully commit to it. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized there won’t ever be a better time in my life than now to start my journey with running marathons.
As such I intend to complete my first one in September 2020. I have a secret dream of going sub3, but whether this turns into my goal, depends on how I respond to training.
I’ll be detailing my progress and training schedule here, starting January 13, 2020. But first I have another 5K race to survive (on January 6) and a week-long transition to let the body recover with only easy runs.
The Sub3-Hour Marathon in Numbers
At my current state of fitness, attempting a sub3 marathon would be impossible. I’d sooner eat a windowpane than maintain the pace required to complete a marathon under three hours. Here’s the pace:
4:15/km or 6:50/mi
That pace is closer to my 5K/10K pace than a marathon. I’m also looking at roughly 60 miles (96 km) of running per week. But I have nine months of training to let my body adapt and be able to tackle the pace and the distance.
And so the journey begins.