I got in a 7 mile recovery run this morning and then had to take the kids in to the dentist to get their cavities filled. I think they were a lot more excited about it than I was. Of course my son also picked this day to grow out of his jeans so I had to go jeans shopping for him as well. He was shocked that he could be wearing a size 6 when he was only 5.
He was sure that he wouldn't be wearing them until he turned 6. Good thing sizes don't work that way once you get older. I hope I never wear a size 34 this year!
My legs were really feeling the 21 mile run from yesterday. I am glad I still have three months to get in lots of longer runs and feel more confident about them. I was feeling really done after 21 miles yesterday and have a hard time imagining finishing a marathon without falling over in agony at this point. I suppose the race day excitement helps a little bit, but wow, this is really hard. \
Not that I expected marathon training to be a piece of cake. I remember the first year I trained for a half marathon and feeling like my whole lower body was wanting to fall into pieces at the end of a 12 mile run. 12 miles now feels like a piece of cake or at least is a whole lot easier.
I am worried about getting an injury between now and then but there isn't a whole lot of sense wasting time worrying about it, as long as I train smart and not over do it I should be all right. What I really need to do is get a training plan wrote down on paper and start following it, or at least attempting to follow it.
I have moved my long runs to the middle of the week. It seems to be working pretty good so far, that way I feel like if I do a race on the weekend I can incorporate that into my schedule as speedwork and be ready to do a long run mid week again.
Is that crazy?
I also am planning to do two long runs of 20 or above followed by a cut back week or two. The cut back weeks I am going to try to do when I have a race coming up so that instead of doing a 22 mile long run followed three days later by a race, I will do a 12-16 mile long run and leave my legs that much more rested.
I am also going to continue to play around with refueling during long runs.
I would love any advice on anything here or anything random having to do with marathon training. I am such a newbie at it :)
101 days until I do it!