Well, it doesn't look like the marathon I was going to run this weekend is going to happen. I ran part of the course on Sunday and it was completely flooded in some areas. The back up plan is multiple loops which I've done in the past and not really looking to run another one like that anytime soon. Plus, the weather is looking too HOT! A low in the 60s and high in the mid 70s. So, time to focus on half training with some 5Ks and 10Ks sprinkled in there.
5/10 - Rest
5/11 - 8M w/8x100m strides (12.9 km)
5/12 - 5M (8 km)
5/13 - 7M (11.3 km)
5/14 - 9M w/3x1600 repeats @ 5K RP (avg. 6:44/mile) (14.5 km)
5/15 - 6M (9.7 km)
5/16 - 13M (20.9 km)
Total - 77.3 km
Gms: There are plenty without lotteries. What about Twin Cities? Columbus? Grand Rapids? Detroit? Indianapolis Monumental? Heard good things about these. I ran the Monumental last year, although it was hot, but decent course. Ran the Detroit Half, okay. I've heard a lot of good things about Grand Rapids. Thanks for fixing my mistake!
Skoptic: I'd like to give an ultra a try. That’s a lot of running on a weekend! I'm used to doing higher mileage, but not all of it on the weekends! I thought the same thing about a 50K, but a few people got upset with my comment. Considering I know that I can run and just finish a marathon if I wanted, I feel that I could finish a 50K. However, 50 miles is a completely different undertaking. Although, I find that some people seem to want to do a 50K just to call themselves an ultra runner. I'll have to see if there are any other races out there that are around 40 miles. I don't know if I've seen any here.
Chloe: Love Pfitzinger! I used his programs with the marathons where I really tried to improve my time and they worked. Started with the 12/70 and then 12/85. Another book to check out that people seem to like is by Brad Hudson. If you're interested, I can get the name of it.