I’ve got a friend who, when she goes clothing shopping, buys several colors/combinations of each item to bring home, try on, debate over, and then make a decision about which she likes best. She then returns the ones she doesn’t like. This is far more patient than I could ever be with a decision about clothing, or many other items/topics in life. But when it comes to bigger (or more important to me) decisions, I can sometimes get some paralysis by analysis. That’s where I am with my MAF training right now.
I am 15 weeks in and my original plan was to go 16, then move on to some more specific marathon training for Richmond, which is Nov. 16. This would give me just enough time to sharpen things up and get comfortable again at marathon pace. Before making a final decision, however, I checked in with Stephen Gangemi (the Sock Doc) for advice. After looking through my numbers (and leaving me hanging for a couple of weeks, ahem) he wrote this article giving me his opinion. I case you aren’t going to take the time to read it (although it’s an interesting read), I’ll give you the Cliff’s notes: he thinks I should keep going with MAF training.
I’ll admit, this isn’t what I wanted to hear. This journey has been fine and I’ve loved seeing my results. But I am also kind of over it mentally. I’m tired of running behind my friends and tired of having to swallow my pride on a humid day while climbing a hill. And then there’s the part of me that thinks adding in some marathon, or faster, paced running is exactly what I need if I am to get where I want to be on Nov. 16.
Jill, who used MAF training to kick off her ultra journey this year, says it’s time to move on from MAF. I know she’s had good results with this approach, so of course it tempts me to think the same could hold true for me.
So that’s where I am, which is to say, nowhere! Knowing myself, I’ll analyze this to death over the coming week. At the very least, I will do another MAF test next week to see what kind of progress I’ve made since the mid-August test. That will be useful information to have in making my decision. I’ll keep you posted!
What would you do if you were in my shoes? Anyone used MAF and moved on from it successfully?