I ran 6.8 miles yesterday to leave me with a nice round 50 miles left to go for the year. (Yeah, I’m a bit obsessive that way). It was a really good run for two reasons: 1) I was running while Beer Geek was walking Jones to school, so I circled around in our neighborhood for the first 1.5 miles so I could run past them three times. Jones loved it and ran a block with me each time. I’ve got to look at some of the age appropriate training stuff out there for him. 2) I ran completely negative splits through the end of mile 6. I’m too lazy to go find Garmin and he needs charging anyways, but the first mile was around 9:55 and I got a few seconds faster each mile until mile 6 was run at 9:05.
The reason Beer Geek was walking Jones to school was that Jones and Shoo both had school yesterday and Beer Geek had the day off. What does that mean? Yes, we actually had a day to ourselves. We met with our financial advisor (painful, but productive) and then went out to lunch, where we were able to have an uninterrupted conversation AND not share our food with anyone. Excellent!
Beer Geek reminded me of the part of marathon training that I had not enjoyed – the latter part where you are running so much it takes over your life. Right now, I only have one half day a week where I am kid free. Next year I will have three half days, so if I spend one of those running a long run, I’ll still have two days to do other stuff. So, I’ll revisit the marathon idea in a year (I never want to train for a fall marathon again.) He also helped me come up with a different long term goal:
Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia (I know, not a state) are done, so part of my 2009 goals will include my plans for what races. The Madison race is off the table for now as my mom just informed that they’ll be out of town that weekend, d’oh!
More on 2009 at a later date…