New iPod arm bad? Check. Nike+ tracking system? Check. New training program? Check. Proper running attire? Check. Motivation to get out of bed early to go run? Well…….
It is marathon training season again. For the month of August, I am just gearing up for longer runs. I ran 4 miles yesterday. That doesn’t sound like a lot I know. However, I ran when it was 90 degrees. To me, I should get extra points for that or something.
My problem is that I enjoy running at the end of my day. I am so busy with homeschooling, extra activities, seeing relatives, errands, etc. that I NEED to run at the end of the day to relax. Running is MY TIME. It is really difficult to run at 5pm when the heat is unbearable. I need to start getting up early and run when it is cooler (can you call 80 degree temps cooler?).
I picked up a book called “The 4 hour marathon”. I honestly don’t think I can do a marathon in that time, but the training program sounds good. I have been using the Hal Higdon plan for several years (for 1 marathon and 2 half marathons). I have also heard that the Jeff Galloway plan is great. That is on my list for 2010.
My training will be different for 2008-2009 as I will be training for harder races. I have my sights on running the 2009 Walt Disney World Goofy Races. That is a half marathon on Saturday, and a full marathon on Sunday. Almost 40 miles in 2 days. That is asking alot from my body. Of course, there are endurance runners that run 100 miles at a time. My hat is off to them! I’ll stick with almost 40 in 2 days, thanks.
Due to a pulled hip and shin splints, I have never run more then 17 miles during training. In preparation for the Goofy races, the training program says I have to run two 10/20 mile weekends (that is 10 on Saturday & 20 on Sunday). *Gulp* That sounds like such a feat!
I would just love to be able to reach 50 years old and have run 10 marathons. To me, that would be awesome. I only have 9 more to go in 10.5 yrs. I can do that, right? Just keep telling yourself that Shan. Just keep saying it. Run Strong!