Hello Blog World! It’s been awhile….I needed a break and I’m glad I built two “break weeks” into my training schedule to accommodate just that. I used one a while back when I had achy knees and threw in an easy week last week because I was starting to get really burned out. I was waking up in the morning dreading my decision to do another marathon and wanted nothing more that a couple days to just veg out and do nothing. So from Wednesday – Sunday I did just that (aside from a couple walks with the dogs — but that doesn’t count as “working out”). Monday morning I woke up with a desire to put my shoes on and get out there again — too bad it was 40 mph winds outside. I had all intentions of doing 10 miles but after 7.5 I gave up and let the wind beat me. Yesterday was a 4 mile recovery run and today was speedwork that totaled 5.5 miles. I think tomorrow I’ll swim and lift to give my legs a bit of a break and then do another 4 as a shake out on Friday.
On tap for this weekend: the SCARY 20 miler!!!
Fortunately enough, the NJ Marathon offers a free 20 mile tune up run where water and gu are available on the course and you run a good portion of the marathon course. I decided to partake in this fun adventure since I’d much rather run with other people than by myself for 20 freakin long miles. I’m really hoping for a confidence booster because I’m starting to feel like I haven’t done enough to feel fully prepared. As I look back at my training since January, I definitely put in the time and effort and hit nearly all of my training runs as prescribed. Sure I made some modifications to some speedwork days – still did the speed, just maybe not exactly as it was written and perhaps I may have broken up two of my long runs by running 10 in the morning and the remainder after work. But I’ve definitely done MORE than my last training cycle — so there’s bound to be improvement, right?