I’m writing this on a Friday night – which if you look at the worst possible time to publish a blog post – it’s late on a Friday night. But since I suck so much as a blogger lately, I’ve decided to throw caution to the blogging wind and just publish something when I feel like it. Also, because I’m home on a Friday night. I no longer(as if I ever did..) make plans for Friday night because my Saturday morning alarm rings at 3:30am while I’m training for a marathon. So bedtime on Friday comes early. And at my age I look and feel bad enough at 3:30 in the morning that I don’t want to look any worse by staying up late(like say until 10pm).
Twin Cities Marathon is a month away. It feels like I’ve been training FOREVER – because I have. In fact I never stopped training since I ran Grandma’s Marathon in June. It was almost strange(and painful) to run 13 miles just a week after running my last marathon – because I already felt behind in my training for Twin Cities. That sounds crazy just typing it. And while I’ve been running for over 20 years – running more and greater distances have again become part of my routine. I’ve missed this part of my life since I let motherhood completely takeover almost 12 years ago. But now I have a second wind and I’m getting this ‘old’ body back to a kind of shape of my late 20s. Now I just need botox and my face will reclaim a bit of youth too!
But I still worry about speed. And injury. My goal this summer was to work on speed. I shaved 25 minutes off of my marathon time last October to my finish in June..and my goal this summer was more speedwork to shave off another 10 minutes or so.
I’m not sure I have that in me right now. I mean it’s kind of hard to tell because my long runs and speed runs unfortunately have fallen on the hottest and most humid days of the week, so I never train as well. And I know(HOPE) that the weather on race day should be cool(40-50s) so my speed and shape will be better. And my long training runs are coming in about 20 second per mile faster than my longest runs during my training four months ago.
They say you never know what will happen on race day – you can train your best, but you never can predict the weather, your tummy, an injury, or just a plain bad day.
So tomorrow I have a “rest week” long run – so a half-marathon run that I will try to do in a fast time(goal marathon pace), and then a 22 miler next weekend and then THE TAPER. Gotta love and both hate the taper. And in between the training and running, I’m managing three kids starting school and their extra activities that are starting next week, and working nearly full-time, and playing with my cats(not a euphemism) because OMG cats are cute, and traveling to Costa Rica and Haiti, and trying to keep some food in the fridge.
Oh, and did I mention we might be moving?
Do you have a long run scheduled this weekend? How do you schedule yours in?