Alrighty then. Now that everyone has gotten a chance to speak their mind on the mileage controversy, I think it’s about time we bury the hatchet and move on. But before I do, let me set the record straight. Although I was perturbed and rather perplexed by the harsh criticism, it was NEVER my intention to desecrate or otherwise ridicule the character of the critic. Nor was it my intent to assemble the minions to launch a verbal assault against the perpetrator. I highly respect everyone’s opinion, even those that do not agree with my own. However, I also believe that when the basis of ones hard work for the last several months comes under heavy scrutiny, I am similarly obliged to offer an objective defense using my own past training as evidence. Otherwise, if I continued forward in silence, it would appear as if I am acquiescing to the label of my marathon training as “soft” which I vehemently do not agree with. (As a matter of fact, even in further defining the term, the lesson learned in a sub 2:30 marathon was used – which is really not anywhere close to what MY marathon goals are. Therefore, the question of mileage for a sub 3:00 marathon is not the same as for a 2:30 marathon. So, in my opinion, to use that derogatory term to describe my training when it’s already been shown to be able to carry me to a 3:02 marathon is really not justified.) Furthermore, as I’m the acting running coach for more than a few friends and bloggers, how can I perform my duties honestly in helping them train for their own half-marathons and marathons with a custom plan I designed for them if I don’t even believe enough in my own training philosophy to offer a suitable defense when it is under attack. As such, I was more or less forced to build a strong case for myself not using slander or ridicule but using objective verifiable training data from marathons past. I truly hope I have done that. If anyone took offense from my arguments on my own behalf, then I am the one who’s truly sorry because I thought I handled the situation as tactfully as I could and took my time to select my words carefully.
I guess we can all agree to disagree and continue on with our individual methods for training for races the way we like.
Whew, now that’s over…I have other burning issues to discuss as it relates to the Boston Marathon, or just marathoning in general…
My new bloggy friend carpeviam made a recent discovery and sent me a link in the comments of the last post. It was for pacetat. It seems like they now offer temporary tattoos with pace tables for each mile of the marathon on them. How cool is that? Although I’ve never been one to use predefined set paces to carry me through a marathon (mostly because I often do not run marathons with a singular goal in mind), I’m tempted to use a pace bracelet on this go round just to keep myself on my goal pace. Are there people out there who swear by them? How have your experiences been running with and without a pace bracelet? The way I look at it, sometimes it can be a godsend when other times it can be a crutch.
Secondarily, even if I were to run strictly according to pace, what is considered good pacing strategy for a deceptive hilly course like Boston? I’m thinking strictly an even pace throughout is probably not the way to go since most of the hillier portions are towards the end. Still, I’m nervous that if I work too hard building up bank time for the hills, I’ll just burn myself out. As a guide, I’ve downloaded Greg Maclin’s amazing worksheet (as listed in RWOL forum here) and have been playing around with different numbers. I’ve also been looking with interest at normalized paces of the elites from the 2008 version of the race (as described in this thread) in trying to decide how I should tackle the course myself. Any helpful insights or knowledgeable insider info would be much appreciated.
Or if you don’t have experience in such matters, you can tell me how I totally just jinxed myself in ignoring all inhibitions for spending $90 on one of these.
So what if I’m planning to wear it in front of the kids at the hospital instead of my white coat for the entire month of April? I think I’m entitled. Besides, I’m sure the kids won’t mind…even if the administration or my colleagues might think differently. But then again, they've never qualified to run The Boston Marathon now have they?