|Bent over a little at the waist because I'm fat and out of shape|
with no core support at the 2014 Ward Parkway Thanksgiving 5K
It's been a while since I've trained for a marathon. Moreover, with all that's happened in our lives this Fall, I've really kind of fallen off the running bandwagon. So Michael and I scheduled a Spring trip to Phoenix to attend 2015 Baseball Spring Training (actually I'll be going to games and she'll be sunning herself by the pool), and also to run the Phoenix Marathon. It's supposed to be a really fast marathon in hopefully warm February desert air.
After not running farther than 13 miles in the past 60 days, I was able to throw together a long run of 15 miles on Saturday at a 7:40 average pace. I'll use that as my current benchmark. Plus, I'm still among the breathing so it didn't kill me like I thought it might. It was tough, but I didn't stop the clock for a water stops or a bathroom break, so I was probably closer to 7:30 overall. It's definitely something to build on.
More than anything I've just felt unmotivated to run lately, so hopefully focusing on a marathon will light a fire. Plus, for a little challenge, and to help build my mileage base back up, I decided to do the Runner's World 36 Days Of Awesome. Basically you have to run at least a mile everyday between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. My plan at this point is to run at least five everyday, but I'll probably needed a day off here or there, so I might just do one some days.
I don't have any huge speed goals for the Phoenix Marathon at this point, although in the back of my mind I would like to qualify for Boston again. But more than anything, I just want to finish and have a good race. So here's to kicking off marathon training once more and getting back at it. I hope your training's going well - have a great week! Booty - booty!
... be great today!