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RE: Training Log for a 2:30ish Boston Marathon 2018
training for 2:29 vs 2:39 isn't all that different. For some people it's just a matter of being a couple years more experience. For other's it's just one race away.

I'm curious to see if there are people out there who took ~5min off their sub-2:40 marathons in less than 2 years. People who had already been running at a high level for years ideally. Maybe I just need the 4% shoes!

Anyway, for those just spectating in this thread, I'll try to post as much as is relevant. I like data and background info so I'll probably have lots of detail.

Last week I ran CIM as a 3:02 pacer. It was harder than I expected after mile 22ish, which seems reasonable in hindsight. I'm taking this week pretty easy to recover but will still hit about 60 miles and plan on doing a 2hr+ long run.

My background:

started running senior year of HS, 2011
ran a 3:10 marathon after 9mo of running, HS PRs 4:56/10:55, ~18min road 5k
ran another marathon in 2012, 2:54. had a 17:00ish 5k PR going into it, 80min half PR
started doing club xc/track and quickly got much faster, down to 15:40s in one season.
left college in 2015 with 15:28/25:39xc/33:10xc PRs plus a 74min half in there

In 2016 I didn't train much until the fall. In the spring of '16 I popped a 15:40ish 5k with little specific training on 70 mpw then ran some random trail races and ragnar-style relay races. In the fall I did a full 5-race xc season while marathon training for CIM. Sucked at XC, but was in good shape. Ran a 2:33ish marathon at CIM, 5:50/mi.

In 2017 I pretty much exclusively did trail races including 3 50ks (ranging from 3:47 to 4:41) and a lot of ~17 mile trail races plus a bunch of low key ~5mi trail races (in a series). I was training to run a 50 miler in November 2017 but got the flu the day before and pulled the plug. Paced CIM 3:02 group instead as I didn't feel like I was in marathon PR shape. maybe 2:37 shape as I ran a 15:57 5k on thanksgiving.

That leaves us at today. I'm doing another 50k trail race next weekend, hoping to just compete and see how hard I can push it. I wouldn't be considered the favorite to win but I want to hang with the leaders as long as possible. After that I'll switch my focus 100% to roads, racing a flat 30k in early February where I will try to run at least 2:29 marathon pace. After that I'll have about 9 weeks til Boston.

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