Okay, I finally broke 4 hours last year at CIM.
Great, but now what is my next time goal? There is really only one number out there: 3:20! Or, maybe get a sex change and then it's 3:40 or maybe wait 20 years . . . Since I don't want to confuse my daughter with the sex change and I don't have patience to wait for many years, then I must get faster and I must get faster soon.
So the last couple of months I've been working on my speed. I used a heart rate monitor to gage my tempo and speed workouts and tried to run them much faster than in the past. I've been doing my long runs faster.
But, now to feel sorry for myself: I have a great 16-month old at home, a busy work schedule, and I teach. Which means my running time is limited. So must of my runs have to be late at night or early in the morning and, even then, it is hard (or impossible due to time constraints) to put in more than 30-40 miles a week. Maybe, a week or two I can get up to 50 miles.
Thus, I'm finding it very hard to get the increase in speed I need to make such a significant improvement for my marathon time. But, I'm not giving up. I'll do the best I can. It took my 6 marathons to break 4 so it will definitely be a challenge to knock off 40 minutes off my marathon time. I realize at someone point I'll have to pick a time such as 3:40 or so and work then work from there.
If anyone has helpful hints to increase your speed with a busy schedule, please do let me know.
Here is a video of Brooklyn on Easter: