As of yesterday, I am two weeks away from the start of marathon training. I’m not going to lie; I’m starting to get a little bit nervous and a whole lot of excited. I think what has me most excited at this point is that I’ve done a pretty good job of getting my legs ready because they felt really good this weekend. I actually threw down back to back runs this weekend and both had certain elements that were just fantastic.
I woke up early Saturday morning, grabbed my pack and a small bite to eat, and then headed out to the trails. For this time of year, the weather was as good as it can get. I got to the trail about 6am, the temperature was about 82* outside, and I had a nice overcast sky. Look at the amazing view I had from the trailhead…
This run ended up being 5.5 miles with 600 feet of elevation gain. I added plenty of walking and hiking breaks to give my legs a break plus my stamina is still a work in progress on the trails. Plus I took my fair share of video and pictures so that always requires a good break in the run. I was very happy with this run, I still can’t understand why 5 miles on the trail just flies by and the same on the road seems to be just dreadful.
I planned to wake up early on Sunday morning and knock out a recovery run. My training plan has long runs on Sunday’s so I want to get in the habit of this schedule. Well I slept in on Sunday, but I’m not going to complain about that at all LOL. So the plan was to run later that night, goal was to run a warm up mile with Buster, run the second mile at 8 min pace, run the third mile at recovery pace, and then run the fourth mile at 8 min pace. I totally killed this run, splits came in at 11:49 (We stopped for Buster to do his business), 7:50, 9:12, 7:55. The great thing was that I actually felt I could run forever at 8:00 min/mile pace, which really helps build my confidence.
So the weekend was a big success as far as running goes. Then to cap it off, as I was headed into work this morning, here was the sunrise I was greeted with. Hope everyone has a fantastic Monday….
What are you training for right now? What aspects of your training right now are giving you a big confidence booster??