But this morning was different. Today I realized for the first time of this cycle that I'm getting close. As I stared down the square that was telling me to go get those 8 miles @ 8:40, I noticed how the checked off days were outweighing the unchecked days. That's a pretty great feeling. I know, I know, there are some very long runs that still lie ahead, but ..... only 3 more really long ones. And yes, there are still 38 total runs to go, but ..... that means I've already completed 51. And of course, I do still have 8 weeks to remain injury-free, but ..... I keep feeling stronger and lighter everyday.
So, as you might guess, I have been extremely fortunate thus far with a successful training period. The heat has definitely impacted the pace as compared to the training of last fall / winter. I am hopeful that as the temperatures cool I will see significant benefit from the summer runs. I think I am still on track for a 3:49:59 goal and am beginning to get more serious about the diet as the starting line nears. Unlike the previous marathon buildup, there have been far fewer treadmill runs. There have also been a couple of really wet runs. I figure that if it rains on race day I will have at least put in 16+ miles of practice for those conditions. It's all good.
I hope that each of you who are putting in miles for a fall marathon are sensing that shift in the schedule and continue to enjoy the process. Only
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy