Country Training, City Racing

Guess what? Eighteen weeks is a LONG training plan. The marathon is five weeks from today, and I feel like we’ve been training forever. But, everything is going pretty well. And I think – knock on wood – I’m going to make it to the starting line!

Last Saturday, Tim and I did a 13 mile run at Patapsco Valley State Park – running about 7 miles on the trails and the rest on a paved road along the water. I won’t pretend that I know where we were or what direction we were running, since Tim pointed out after reading my last post that we were actually running north when I said we ran 8.5 miles south. Yes, my sense of direction is awesome.

Trail running at Patapsco

Anyway, the trail portion of our run was interesting. I really enjoyed it but it was really hard. One of the things I love about running is just running and giving my brain a break. It’s hard to do that on a trail run because you have to pay such close attention to the changing terrain under foot so you don’t take a tumble and twist an ankle – or worse. But, I loved being out there in the woods and the quiet.

Watching my step!

It also felt good to get out there since my training hit a rough patch the week prior when I skipped my weekday runs due to a really busy business trip to San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld. It was a great week, but jet lag + 15-hour days doesn’t equal much energy or time for running. Last Saturday’s run was just what I needed to recharge and get back on track.

Waving at our shadows

Yesterday was the Baltimore Running Festival, where Tim and I both ran the half marathon. Tim did great. My time was not great (2:06), but I felt so much better than I did in the Georgia Half Marathon in March. The race was really, really hard. So many hills – check out the elevation map! I think it’s actually harder than the Georgia Half, which is pretty hilly in its own right. But, I actually felt pretty strong in the last three miles of the race, so I know my endurance is pretty solid right now, and I feel pretty good about my chances to have a good race in Philly, particularly since it’s a flat race.

Me and my sister Jenn, who ran on the Marathon Relay

Me and Tim post race, pre 2-mile walk home. That wasn’t as much fun.

Immediately after the race, I crashed. Apparently I had a nasty little cold bug (I do usually bring one back from me from San Francisco) lurking beneath the surface, and running 13.1 miles unleashed it! I was pretty miserable the rest of the day and slept for close to 13 hours last night, but I’m starting to feel a little better today and I hope that getting lots of rest will nip it in the bud.

Miles run since last post: 73.1; total miles for the year: 619.7.



  1. Denise Pitchford
    October 17, 2011 / 5:28 pm

    Awesome blog entry. Well done for the Baltimore 1/2 marathon. Loved all the photos, especially waving at your shadows! You look strong. Five more weeks and the marathon will be here, and you will have another check off your bucket list! Get well, rest up and then off again! 🙂
    Love you, Mom

  2. October 19, 2011 / 12:55 pm

    I love reading your blogs Janice. I am so proud of you and always have a smile on my face when you write a new blog. Can’t wait to see you run in the Philadelphia Marathon! Love you so much, Me-Mom

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