I've used the FIRST training method for the last four marathons I have done. The pace for my runs over the last four weeks seemed especially fast by comparison so I had to check it out.
- My last 10 miler was 50 seconds a mile faster than the last two.
- My last 15 miler was 35 seconds a mile faster than my next best one.
- My last 20 miler was second only to training for Georgia this time a year ago, by 45 sec/mile.
- My next to last 15 miler was 20 seconds/mile faster than the best of the previous trainings.
I have new Kayanos (XIII) to wear with 20 miles broken into them. I am good to go.
Good luck to Runner Susan on Part Two of the Crazy-thon. May her blisters disappear and the route be all downhill in Austin.