It’s April! That means that it’s my dad’s birthday month, temperatures are warming up, spring is in the air, and it’s marathon month. My full is exactly 2 weeks from today – so close!
- Total miles for the week: 23.46
- Total minutes on my feet: 243
- Longest run: 10 miles (today)
- Shortest run: 3 miles (Friday)
- Fastest pace: 8:41 (At the 5k I ran yesterday)
- Geronimo’s total miles: 7
- Days until Big D Full marathon: 14
Did you notice Geronimo’s stats in there? He ran 7 miles this week! There once was a time when he was hitting that many (or more) every single week. Since I’ve started training for the Big D, the majority of my runs have been with other people. That mean no running for G-mo. This week I made an effort to get him out there more, and it paid off. His longest run was 3 miles, and it was a tad long. I could tell that he was really tired by the end. For now, he should probably stick with 2 milers until he builds his endurance back up.
Today was my final double-digit run until race day. It wasn’t easy. It was mostly mental with a tad bit of physical difficulty mixed in. I ran a 5k yesterday evening (recap to come tomorrow), and I didn’t do the best job refueling in between. Even though it wasn’t my best run ever, I’m really glad I did it. I know that I can push through the mental blocks and run on my own. I’m hoping this will give me some added confidence on race day.
For these final two weeks I want to keep hydrating and stretching. I also need to focus on taking it slow it steady during my runs. I have a 15k on Saturday, but I decided that I’m “not allowed” to race it. No matter how much the number-loving side of me may want to go all out, I just need to run it slow. (And that’s an order!) My other concern is avoiding getting sick. I’m really scared that I’ll suddenly end up with a sore throat or the flu right before the race.
What do you do to avoid getting sick? Emergen-c? A vitamin? Lots of orange juice? Spill it!*