Most of my running group is training for the Seven Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga, TN on October 21. This is the first time four of them will have ever run a marathon. It is an exciting time in our running group. I am reliving some of the first-time nervousness and anticipation along with these girls. They're up to a 14-mile long run and going great in these warm and humid Alabama summer days.
It's not in my cards to go out and repeat a state with my friends though, sadly. I need to focus on marathons I can run with Rick to meet our 50 state goal. I knew this all along, but I also knew that I could train with my friends, encourage them, and to be there to hear all of their stories or answer any questions.
And it turns out that I will have my own October marathon after all. Rick and I feel good about doing one more marathon (yes, I know I said this last time). He approached me about a month ago with one, and we agreed to go for it. We are running the Baltimore Marathon on October 13. Some of our friends are going to that one and we can meet up with them. I don't intend to try to PR, but I will train and see what happens.
So....training. It's been hard to motivate myself for the full 18 weeks of training, In fact, until this weekend I didn't even look up a training program. I was living in denial for about a month there! Plus, I wasn't feeling healed enough to think about another round of training. Then, for a little while, I thought about just following my friends' training program. But that isn't what is best for me. I am feeling ready to tackle more lately. I am mostly recovered from June. I have done a couple of speedwork and tempo runs, getting better and feeling better each time. I raced a 5K yesterday and got 3 seconds off what I ran the same course in last year. It is time to put my heart and soul into the next 11 weeks (yes, I had to just cross off the first 7 weeks of this training program. Just missed them completely.). Below is Hal Higdon's Advanced program that I will attempt to follow for my marathon training. Stay tuned. The next 11 weeks should be interesting!
|I'm starting at Week 8.|