When I decided to train for another marathon, I saw a sea of preschool days stretched out ahead of me, just waiting to be filled. I imagined I could easily run two days during the week and then two short runs on the weekends and hit my goal mileage, no problem.
I apparently didn’t factor “life” into the equation. First, Mother Nature has definitely thrown some challenges my way. The snow not only cause Jones to miss 10! days of school so far this year, but has also made running a challenge, even when I can find time to do it. I’ve had to do such things as resort to running a 1.5 mile loop over and over and over and…, then hitting the treadmill to finish up. I’ve run as many as 10 miles on the treadmill and am praying that’s going to be my PR. I’ve switched runs around and begged friends to take my kids for playdates. The other choice I made was to use a more aggressive training plan than I did last time. I’m only on week 7 and I’m already up to a 16 mile long run. I have in my future a 17, 19, and three 20 mile runs. Should I need to miss one of those runs for some reason, I will still be able to finish the marathon.
So far, it’s paying off. I’m managing to hit my mileage goals every week. This week, I was supposed to run 8 today and 16 tomorrow. Shoo’s dentist called and they can get him in to fix his tooth tomorrow, so now the 16 has been moved to Thursday. And Thursday, they are calling for snow. I will get the miles in. My current plan is to run as many as I can manage outside and finish up whatever is left on the treadmill or at the indoor track. Since I’ll have a non-running day between the two runs, I tried to push my 8 miler a little faster today than this weekend. I finished the 8 miles with an average pace of 9:34. I ran the first mile at 9:49 and got progressively faster until mile 7 was 9:12. Mile 8 was a cool down mile at 9:38. All in all, a very happy run!
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