Apparently, we are two months out from the marathon! How did that happen? Since I’m following a training plan that I have mostly done before, I don’t feel like there are any big surprises for me right now – at least as far as the plan goes.
One thing that I have done is add in a lot more cross-training and I’m really seeing the benefits! I try to do a light stretching program on Monday, swim or HIIT on Wednesdays, and boot camp or spin class on Fridays. I think just moving my legs in a different direction is such a nice change for them!
The one “surprise” that we received is we found out that my BRF/training partner will not be able to join me at Blue Ridge due to a family commitment. While we are both super disappointed, she found another marathon for the next week so we can keep training together (I can’t imagine trying to run at 4:00 am on a Tuesday without her!) The biggest problem is we’ll both be doing our marathons solo. Not ideal.
Thankfully, the Blue Ridge Marathon has a ton of super friendly supporters. I have literally never seen such awesome aid stations in a relatively small race! Also, most of the participants are not trying to burn up the road (at least not where I run!) so it’s easy to strike up a conversation. Still. She’ll be missed.
In other “fun” news, I took my first fall in almost 4 years on our long run on Sunday. At mile 7 we were commenting on how fast we were going and wondering what our average pace was so I decided to check it on my watch and BAM! Down I went. My elbow took the brunt of it, with just road rash and a super nasty bruise on my legs. After I got cleaned up, we still pulled of two fast miles back to the start. I managed to destroy my water bottle in the fall so I couldn’t finish the entire run but I was starting to feel it so was happy to stop at 9 miles.
After that little adventure, my family and I went to a local ski resort for the weekend so my poor kid would finally see some snow. 45 minutes of “ice skating” (more like swimming, it was 70!) and two hours snow tubing killed me.
We won’t talk about the water park the next day…
And so we soldier on! Various work and school issues are creating some need for creative scheduling in the next few months but, we’ll figure it out.
If you’re training, how is it going? Just logging the miles or are you mixing things up? How do you keep it fresh?
I’m participating in a link-up with other Blue Ridge Marathon Ambassadors! Check them out! (I’ll update the list as more post, because I’m an idiot and can’t figure out how to do it automatically via the link-up)