Coming into 2015, I wrote of my goal to go under 4 hours for the marathon. I went after it and, boom, had an injury. What to do?? I met up with a good local doc and got back on the road again by mid March.
This shifted my target races from spring events to fall runs, however. So, right now, I have three events which have timing and courses that may allow a sub-4 effort. I've been training hard, as you can see in the chart below. July was a solid mileage month, close to the month I had last October when I ran the 50 mile ultra.
The plan is shaping up like this. My first quest for the sub 4 will be in three weeks, on August 22 at the Wausau Marathon in Wausau, Wisconsin. Hoping for a cool, dry northern Wisconsin late summer morning that day.
The second will come at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on November 7. Hoping there for a not-yet-freezing late fall day.
If neither of those work, then I'll head south for the Rocket City Marathon in scenic Huntsville, Alabama on December 6. Again, a flat course with the hope for good weather.
Right now, I'm piling on miles and following Hal Higdon's Intermediate 2 plan. Will it work??? Dunno...but we're going to find out.