How is it Thursday already? And yet how is it not the weekend? This week has been a weird combination of going to fast and dragging at the same time. Today I’m joining Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday because I have a lot rumbling in my head.
1. I ran my first 20 miler since 2010 yesterday. I did a “Galloway-ish” style run – .45 run; .05 walk, starting from mile 1. From a mental standpoint, it really broke things up. From a physical standpoint, it kept me feeling fresh. In fact, I felt so good at 17 miles that I straight ran the last three miles with the last two coming in just under a 10 minute pace. I’ve NEVER felt strong at the end of 20 miles before. I don’t think Galloway running is my new “thing”, but I think it’s what will be getting me through back to back marathons. Another good thing about yesterday’s run? My Altra One(2) rocked! Review coming soon!
2. Today I have 15 miles to run. It actually finally feels a bit like spring, so I’m looking forward to being outside (yesterday was chilly and I got rained on a couple of times.) But this morning our furnace was acting up, so I may have to split up my run and/or run within a mile of my house so I can be here for the technicians to come. My furnace should barely be being used at this point, but no, the weather keeps on messing with me.
3. Speaking of weather, Saturday is the Marine Corps 17.75 (for those who have asked, that’s the year they were founded.) The weather looks to be around 36* at the start. Are you kidding me??? Will winter never end?
4. And here’s my conundrum: I got into the marathon via the lottery as well. I only registered for it because I had this irrational fear that something would happen on Saturday to make me not finish the run: oversleeping (unlikely), dead legs from 20/15 (entirely possible), scheduling problems (this is actually the biggest issue right now…). I didn’t expect to get in, but I did. I want to run the 17.75 race and I hate to waste a registration fee AND an entry that I could give to a friend, but I’m finding it really hard to be excited when I’m in, I’m tired, and it’s going to be cold.
Two more days until I get to go home and visit my parents. Just need to solve the furnace issue, run 15 miles, go on a field trip with Shoo, run MCM 17.75, and pack. Oh, and then there’s that little thing called a job. I can do this.
How is your week going? Hopefully calmer than mine seems to be.