Things have been pretty busy out here of late. Between work, marathon training, attending weddings, planning weddings, planning a honeymoon, visa stuff – there is just no time left over to blog. I will get around to replying to comments and catching up with my favorite bloggers – but probably not this weekend. Because at 4PM today I’m heading out to Portland, OR, where I’ll be spending 27ish hours in a van with five other stinky runners. Hood to Coast, baby!
Our team will be covering 198 miles from Mount Hood all the way to Seaside. I’m running 12, which means I start last (probably at about 6-7 PM tomorrow evening) but I do get to cross the line and finish for the entire team. I think my total distance is a little under 17 miles (divided into three legs) and it’ll be a nice break from my solo long runs. I haven’t done any specific training for HTC, I’m hoping that all my marathon mileage will carry over. I’m pretty psyched about the whole thing – it’s the original relay running race and Oregon is one of my favorite states – plus we get to hang out by the ocean and party once we’re done.
I’m almost two-thirds of the way through my marathon training plan – the race is 6 weeks from Sunday. Holy crap! But I’m finally starting to believe that I can run 26.2 miles. I did my longest run ever (18 miles) on Saturday morning and it went really well. I felt pretty comfortable the whole way around (even with 700+ ft of elevation gain – curse you Salt Lake and your unavoidable hills). By the end I was glad to be done but not completely wiped out. It was the first long run I’ve done where I’ve thought “I think I can run 26 miles”. Amazing feeling! I have two 20 milers left to do but everything else is 12 miles max and then a three week taper.
I also had a pretty good steady state run on Wednesday. I like to push my longer midweek runs to get a feel for running at a moderate pace. This was a little over 9 miles and felt pretty comfortable. This marathon thing might all be coming together.
Saturday: 18 miles at 8.53 min/mile
Sunday: 8.3 miles at 8.38 min/mile
Tuesday: 5.35 miles at 9.15 min/mile
Wednesday: 9.25 miles at 7.50 min/mile
Thursday: 5.6 miles at 9.01 min/mile
August is on track to be my highest mileage month ever – and last week (at 44 miles) was my highest mileage week ever. Gotta love setting new records.
Enjoy your weekend!