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Hey all,<br><br>
After Sunday's 20.2 mile run, I am happy to report that I have survived an extended version of Mesocycle #3 on the Pfitz/Douglas 18/70 plan. I had to extend Mesocycle #3 because when I started the program I included 2 "mulligan" weeks in case something went wrong during the program. I'm happy to report, that even with the 2 extra weeks in the program, I only had 4 runs that fell short of the goal in terms of distance. Three out of 4 of those days, I was at least at 2/3 of the scheduled distance.<br><br>
As of today, the taper has officially begun. I am hoping that this allows my legs to get frisky and ready to race in a couple of weeks. Right now, they are a little bit tired from all of the training.<br><br>
I wanted to thank all of you for cheering me on through the first 3 Mesocycles. This last one is just as important, in that, I have to be careful to keep my paces right during the runs. I imagine as the legs get more rest, they are going to want to run faster, but that will leave them un-fresh for the Equinox.<br><br>
It remains to be seen if this plan is successful for a marathon like the Equinox for me. I suspect I already know what the answer would be if this was a pavement marathon, but this is not, and I'm not the world's best trail runner. Time will tell.<br><br>
Things I have found that have gone right:<br>
1.) The trail running. I'm convinced that if I didn't run on trail, there is no way I could run 6 out of 7 nights a week. My knees wouldn't hold up.<br>
2.) Keeping the shoes in good shape.<br><br>
Things I could have done better:<br>
1.) I wish I had run a 5K going into the training program, so I knew what my 5K pace was and thus had a VO2max goal time.<br>
2.) Having a known VDOT going into the training program so that I could see my progress/lack thereof during the training program.
 

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Great job EQ!<br><br>
And thanks for the constant encouragement. You told me to trust in the training program and follow it, but not be a slave to it. So far, so good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Well, you survived Kevin, as I knew you would. I'm glad that the trail running has worked out for you. I wouldn't worry too much about the 5k... I think we can obsess too much about the intricacies and minutiae.<br><br>
You're ready for the run, and now all you have to do is to sit back and enjoy it. This will be fun for us to watch...
 

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<b>EQ</b> - you are the man. I really appreciate your reports. I know the challenges of sticking with the plan. Basically, I have been drafting behind you in your training. I'm 9 weeks into the 18/55 Pfitz/Douglas. I too seem to try to stick to what's in the book. You've done a remarkable job of running the workouts and sticking with the plan.<br><br>
I have no doubt that it's going to pay off for you. I've done a fair bit of my training on trails too. I find myself to be faster when I get back on the pavement. Trail running is and can be very technical. I think that adds another element on the mental side. You have to be focused to make sure that you are managing your energy and making your steps deliberately so you don't fall or twist an ankle.<br><br>
Congrats. I'll be anxious to read your race report. Will you have access to the internet in Alaska, or will that have to wait until you return to Mass?
 

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Way to go, EQ! You're gonna kick some butt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_cheers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cheers">
 

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Thanks for the encouragement folks!<br><br><b>TimR</b> - You're right about the trails. When I run on trails I find that if I am not focused 100% of the time, I'm likely to take a nasty spill over a tree root. As someone told me earlier this year "You should know every inch of that Merrimack River Trail by now. You've fallen on just about every inch of it!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Trail running is nice for a change up, and for mental training. When I'm on pavement, I can let my mind wander a little bit. I can think about stocks, things I need to do at home, women, etc. On trail, if I do that I will get into trouble. It's also a different feel, and a lot less impact, which is good for me as I've had cartiledge problems with the right knee in the past.<br><br>
As I said before, trail running is different. It's not better or worse than pavement running. It's just different.<br><br>
As for "drafting behind me", I'm sure you're doing great on the 18/55 program. If I remember right, you're in the South. I don't envy you doing those long runs in the heat/humidity. They were hard enough in the Massachusetts heat/humidity. Jensparks will back me up on that, right Jen??? Some people told me when I started the plan "Don't become a slave to it. If you have to cut a run short here or there, it's not a huge deal. Try to follow the spirit of the plan if not the letter of the plan." Being the obsessive/compulsive type, I've found that hard to do. I've tried not to beat myself up for the nights where I've had to cut a run short or skip a run (I've only done that once).<br><br>
For Grizzly, roots and Flounder who gave me the advice going into the plan: thanks. You guys were absolutely right about it. It's been intense, but it's been manageable.<br><br>
For jensparks: thanks to you too for everything you've said here and by e-mail. You've been a huge supporter of me during this, and it is greatly appreciated.<br><br>
For notey: I hope you're right about kicking butt.
 
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