This is how my week has gone:
Monday: Still reminiscing about sub-4. What the, where was I? Oh yeah, still reminiscing about sub-4 ...
Tuesday: Staring at my whiteboard at work; map out rough timline to next marathon, but quads and ITB tell me to get real
Wednesday: Got a massage; expected miraculous instant relief, but seemed to only accomplish lightening my wallet
Thursday: Laced up and ground out 4 miles after work. Cold. Dark. Windy. Hurt so bad, no, good, hurt so good. Right.
Friday: Went to Run On and bought a Brooks cold weather running pullover and a thicker pair of gloves.
Saturday: Doing my marathon plan in reverse. 3 mile pace run. Piece 'o cake.
Sunday: 8 mile LSD run. Missed out on The Half today, which I've run the past 2 years, but this felt better.
So I'm unofficially thinking about White Rock on Dec 10. I want to try for another sub-4, and this gives me a chance with only 6 more weeks training instead of starting over with 18 weeks again. A friend at work said to do the last 3 weeks of my marathon plan in reverse, and then do it forward again. Seems simple enough.
What I hope to do differently this time is 2 things:
(1) Stay with the pace team. No more banking minutes in the first half; famous last words :)
(2) Stick with straight Gu+water all the way or straight Powerade all the way.
I'd heard that Gu+Powerade leads to stomach cramps, so I've been taking water with the Gu and Powerade at all the other water stations. However, this work guy told me that once in the stomach, no matter when in got in, the Gu and Powerade "neutralized" each other and so nothing got to the muscles. Is this true?
Then the other guy at Run On who coaches marathoners for the store told me it didn't make any difference! His trick for avoiding cramps is to start salting up his food 3 days before a race. What do you think?