It’s Saturday afternoon, I’m fully carbed up and I’m just about ready to head out the door for a 17 mile run! I am happy to report, after a couple weeks of being sick MULTIPLE times, first with the stomach flu, then the flu flu, I am now healthy as a horse (how healthy are they really?) and my training is back on track. I’ve run 16 miles this week thus far, including an 8 miler on Thursday:
I’ve been a ‘lil sluggish running in my return to health, but a 9.5 min/mile average for this 8 miler is the best I’ve seen in a couple weeks so I’m happy with that.
I’ve been keeping up with cross-training as well with Cardio Barre:
I took my first class last week and I’m getting hooked. I giggle a lot and I can’t always keep up with the instructor, but class is just SO fun and an amazing workout. TRY IT!
So now. I’m running a marathon in one month. YIKES. Due to aforementioned illnesses (and a few vacations out of town), I’ve been mixing up my training plan quite a lot. I’m going to do the best that I can to make it to race day, in the best shape possible under the given circumstances. I’m hoping, because I have been in constant training mode since early last year, that I have built enough of a solid foundation to help make up for the gaps in my official 18 week marathon training phase.
I have 2 more long runs scheduled after today, and then I will only have 2 1/2 weeks to taper. This isn’t ideal, of course, but I don’t think I can line up at the starting line without getting these key runs in. But I am listening to my body and I will not step up to the plate injured. Alternative scenario-I switch my race to the half (if possible…I mean they can’t MAKE me run 26.2 miles can they??). But I’m optimistic, and I think I can do this!