Last year I was reading about Marlene doing mid week long runs during her marathon training and I hoped that maybe one day I could do that.
|My garmin after my run to work in April|
I started off running about 20-25 miles a week almost 2 years ago, last year I increased to 30-35ish while training for my half, and this year I peaked at 54 miles a week while training for the marathon.
I did my first run to work and ran many Thursday evening long runs with my running club. And it turns out that I LOOOOVE the higher mileage. I was kind of sad to see taper come because I knew that would mean I would be decreasing my miles. But I know that my body needed the rest.
This whole marathon thing wasn't really my idea - I wasn't sure I really wanted to do it. But now I am happy I did, I am happy I pushed my limits and ran farther and faster than I had before.
Last night, I went to my running club and I ran my last tempo workout before the marathon. 4x1000m at Tempo pace (7:06) and my legs actually felt pretty good. I talked to many of the other girls from the club who have done a number of marathons and they shared some advice which really made me feel better.
That didn't stop me from having a scary marathon dream last night though. I was running the race, but then all of a sudden someone was chasing me. I ended up running through a mall and out into a housing development. I hid in the bushes until the man left and then fled to a river where I floated down stream for a while. As I was floating, I was trying to figure out how I could get back on course for the marathon and still finish under my time goal. Then I woke up. Definitely not your typical pre-marathon dream.
Only a few days left before the race. I still can't believe it is THIS weekend. Feels like just yesterday I was secretly signing up for this race and had no idea if I would really even be running it.