How far am I running now? Last Saturday, I completed a nine mile run. It was officially the end of phase 2. I can honestly say that I was pretty exhausted after that one, but I think if Brett and I can make it to mile 9 that we can make it to the end. Still keeping fingers crossed for amazing weather, and strong legs.
To be honest, I have sort of fallen off the training schedule. I started to feel strong, so I really stopped the interval training, and just kept running. The most I’ve run in one time without a stop was seven miles. Which I have to say is pretty damn good for me, considering I couldn’t run a straight mile in December when I started. I’m still sort of adding in cross training, but sparsely, and am instead doing some longer runs.
How am I feeling? Well, my knees are shot to hell right now – that nine mile run really did me in. I did a five mile run on Monday (sub 50 minutes, so basically, dead ), but couldn’t do more than three on Tuesday. I’m even more anxious than normal – I keep thinking what if I can’t finish, or what if I’m last? And then, with Kristen’s advice, I stopped caring about that. I am preparing as best I can, and once that race day hits, there is nothing more I can do. I have done everything that I can do to prepare for this race. Once it’s over, I’m pretty sure that I quit running for awhile. Jokes — I’ve actually rediscovered how much I love it.
My goal time: I’d like to finish under three hours. I’ve restructured this goal, since I am cutting myself some slack. I’m actually going to be pretty proud of myself if I can even finish — I keep picturing myself with that medal, and running it with Brett, and it gets me really excited.
I have noticed that it is getting easier to run and not be tired – I am still noticing that my body is giving up before my lungs. I can get through nine miles and not be winded, but my knees and hips are completely shot. We are almost at less than a month to go – I’m nervous, but I am so ready to get this done. One more phase to go – the next time I update, I will have run a half marathon.