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Runner's Diary: Joe Bell

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Joe Bell

This past week was a down week mileage-wise. The last month, I had three weeks in the 90-mile range, so this week I had about 70 miles total.

I did a track workout on Tuesday with the Quaff-On group and had a race on Saturday. I ran the 5K on a team in the Columbus Challenge Triathlon. Sunday, I did a long run.

I’m doing all right. I’m not really messing with any injuries. I’m feeling pretty good, like I would hope to be without any injuries. I’ve been pretty lucky. I’ve only been back into seriously running for three or four years now, and I’ve avoided any serious injury. The nagging stuff has been there, but I’ve been able to recover and train through that stuff.

We have about a month-and-half before the race. On my schedule, I have about a month before I need to taper down and rest for the actual race at the end of September.

This year will be my second attempt at the full marathon. Last year, I kind of fell apart at the end. It was getting warm, and as the miles went by, I got low on energy and started hitting that wall that a lot of marathoners talk about right around the 20- to 22-mile range. You go from burning carbs to burning fat, which is not pleasant. I’m hoping to not do that this year.

I was hoping for about 2:49, so about 10 minutes faster. I’ve been running more mileage. I’ve added a lot of miles. I’ve done a lot of speed work also, and in the spring, I ran a couple half-marathons, and they were faster than where I was last year.

For August, I’m going for a 400-mile month, and that will be my peak mileage number. Starting in the middle of September, we start tapering down.

A lot of the stuff is kind of repetitive. You just kind of switch it around and increase some of it.

It might be a good time in the next couple of weeks for runners who are doing the full marathon to do a half-marathon time trial, or a 14- or 15-mile run to see where they’re at. I have one of those planned here coming up.

Training schedule

MONDAY: Easy 6 miles in the morning, easy 8 miles in afternoon/evening.

TUESDAY: Five 2-mile intervals at 10K pace.

WEDNESDAY: Easy 6 miles in the morning, easy 8 miles in afternoon/evening.

THURSDAY: Easy six miles in the morning, eight miles with 10 1-minute hill repeats in evening.

FRIDAY: Easy 8 miles.

SATURDAY: 5K race and two 5K repeats after the race at half-marathon pace

SUNDAY: Easy 8 miles in morning and easy 8 miles in the afternoon.

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