Today was Day 2. Lactate Threshold, 8 miles with 4 miles at half marathon (HM) race pace. Okay. I was browsing through the Runner's World Marathon message boards before I went out. Someone on the same plan and schedule as me posted about his run. He found it difficult to do the 4 miles consecutively at HM pace, his HM pace being around 9 minutes. He broke it up into 4 intervals. As I read this, I thought to myself, "Really? How hard could it be running 4 miles at HM pace when you run13.1 miles at HM pace?? Seriously." I expected most of the responses from the veteran, snark marathoners to be mostly critical and negative. Instead, they all agreed that Pfitzinger's plan consisted of too many "fast" runs. What? I found this completely irritating. All of these runners have held the Pfitzinger plan up as the ultimate marathon racing program for the ultimate marathon racers. Now they're saying it's flawed?! I decided that they were lying to this poster for no particular reason other than I was annoyed that my new plan wasn't perfect.
I headed out on my run. The first two miles I jogged (Jog?) and then I picked it up to my HM pace (low 8s). Did I mention that I started this run at 12:30pm in 85 degree humid weather? Full sun. So at around the 5 mile mark, I decided that all those veteran runners on the message boards were correct when they agreed with the original poster. 4 miles at HM pace on Day 2 of Pfitzinger is unnecessary and by golly, uncalled for! Breaking it up is totally acceptable! I jogged again and then ran two half miles broken up at HM pace. Pfuck it.
It's supposed to rain on Thursday so I may do my 9 miler tomorrow.