Man, I've missed some good discussion this week!
VF Runner and Road Racer, Congrats on some excellent races! Great reports as well, makes me want to get back to training.
blaznbison - Holy crap...Awesome half! I had a feeling you were due to run something like this after you ran 32:0x for 10k a few weeks back. Nonetheless, that is a damn impressive time. Glad to see you've adjusted your goal to 2:30. If you remember, I ran 1:10:43 five weeks before I ran 2:31:05.
NoleRunner - Looks like an awesome week to me!
4TM - Even though I'm not running a spring marathon, I've narrowed my fall marathon 2011 choices down to 2...Chicago or NYC. I qualify for both of their sub-elte/elite development programs, so it all depends on what I ultimately want to do. Right now, I'm leaning more towards NYC but nothing is set in stone yet.
Good to see the discussion of cumulative mileage here. FWIW, I totally agree with Road Racer's philosophy. Consistency is the key...year after year. I'm also a young guy at 24, but here's my mileage progression with associated PR's in each year.
2001 - 1,041 miles (5k - 18:42)
2002 - 1,559 miles (5k - 17:27, 1/2 mar - 1:23:43)
2003 - 1,822 miles (5k - 16:48, 1/2 mar - 1:19:48)
2004 - 2,080 miles (5k - 16:22, 3200me - 9:46)
2005 - 2,400 miles (5k - 15:56, 1/2 mar - 1:15:28)
2006 - 2,919 miles (5k - 15:32, 1/2 mar - 1:14:53)
2007 - 2,765 miles (5k - 15:12, 10k - 31:46) - injured for 3+ months
2008 - 2,145 miles (5k - 15:20, 3k - 8:52) - injured for 4+ months...only year of running with no PRs
Post-College Marathon Training
2009 - 3,282 miles (1/2 mar - 1:13:55, mar - 2:34:51)
2010 - 3,451 YTD (projected 4,000+) - (1/2 mar - 1:10:43, mar - 2:31:05)