I could recap a months worth of running, but that would make me bored just typing it out. I can only imagine that all of my three readers would lose interest after the first few sentences. (Maybe I lost you already.) Sufficed to say that I eased back into my training schedule after injury. In these in the last three weeks especially, I met my mileage goals. I did change up my training by swapping out my regular 5 mile Monday run (which was never part of the schedule I followed - just something I added in for kicks) with shorter 2 mile recovery run on Sundays. I think that helped keep me limber and not overtrain. And this past week, I tackled what was the most intimidating part of my training plan: an 18 mile run on Oct. 3 followed by a 20 mile run on Oct. 11. Major accomplishments. I have now entered my taper, and I'm feeling excited and confident (but also happy to give my body a little rest.)
When I finish this marathon, I don't know if I'll sign right up for another marathon right away, or wait a bit. Ask me on October 30. But I must admit I love knowing that I am capable of running these crazy distances.
Miles actually logged: 163.5
Miles I was supposed to log: 171
Pace: 10:00 / mile -- 8:30 / mile, depending on the distance and the day
Miles actually logged: 5
Miles I was supposed to log: 5
Pace: 9:40 / mile -- 8:35 / mile (tempo run)