I cannot believe how the year, and thus my training, has been flying past. Having originally planned to run The Avenue of the Giants, my training for Grandma?s began at the beginning of the year (instead of mid-February). My schedule has had me hovering with my long runs 10-13 miles since the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon. The weekly mileage and the long run distance are now beginning the assent. My mind is more than ready for the challenge. I only hope that my body is too.
In the past 13 weeks, I?ve enjoyed some good running. Blogging about my workouts has been a good way to keep me honest. I?ve been pretty consistent with my running mileage, and have done well keeping with the plan to include some speed work in my training. I?ve run 371 miles at an average pace of 8:52/mile. Although, I?ll have to run consistently 8:47/mile (or faster) during my next marathon in order to hit my BQ, I remind myself that this average pace also includes my long run that are ?supposed? to be done slow. I need to be more consistent with my strength and stretching; I?ve not been good about that. I?ll need to stay motivated, and keep up the speed work for longer workouts.
I?ve done well so far. I will just need to stick to the plan – keeping the pace for my training and, hopefully, that will translate to a successful race day.