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.
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.
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.
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.
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.