I find it hard to believe I completed half my training for the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon. My Intermediate Training Program is challenging and achievable for my current skills and fitness. I am running 5 days a week with a mix of tempo, speed, long and recovery runs. I managed running while traveling for work and vacation. The travel provided opportunities to run in and explore interesting places. Running conditions in Central Virginia continue to improve with the transition from hot humid summer to brisk cool early fall. As the longer runs get longer, and the speed work gets more taxing I find that my nutrition is the weakest component of my training. Nutrition and diet are areas that I don't know to much about so I need to get some outside help ensure I get the best results.
I started thinking about my performance and social goals for this marathon. On the performance front, my goal is pretty simple: Improve on my race from last year. My target time for completion is 4:15, which will not be a PR but I think is reasonable considering my current fitness and the course. I am still uncertain about my social goal, but I expect that I will pick a charity to promote.
I am thankful to be healthy and running without injury as I enter the home stretch of training.