I'm in the "strength" part of my marathon training, leaving behind the speed workouts (hurray!). According to the Hanson's training program I'm using, strength workouts boil down to running repeats (from 1 mile to 3 miles) at a pace about 10 seconds faster than race pace. The repeats all add up to 6 miles, and there is a 400 m recovery jog between each one. So, the next 6 Mondays will all involve this.
Today's session required 6 x 1 mile repeats. I've changed my marathon goal from a 3:20 finish to a 3:25 finish, since I've basically lost 3 weeks of training. That would still give me 5 minutes better than my BQ. That puts my strength training pace in the 7:35 - 7:40/mile range.
My actual splits were: 7:29 7:23 7:24 7:19 7:18 and 7:10
Aside from the fact that I ran them too fast, I'm ecstatic that I ran them all! The pain in my hip was manageable - I believe was more like pressure in my bursitis and the pain I've had for some time in my iliospsoas. The training session felt comfortable, and it's the 3rd day in a row in which I've run all my required paces.
I have tomorrow off, and then a tempo run Wednesday. I think that will be revealing as to how this pain will affect me for the rest of my training program (8 more weeks). If I can nail the tempo run, I'll be more confident in being able to manage the pain and run the marathon.
Oh, getting colder too! It was 12C/53F - cool enough that I could have worn gloves (and didn't). There is a stretch of cold weather ahead, so this is going to be the norm. Then again, it will be close to freezing during the marathon, so not a bad idea to get used to it.