Monday, November 15, 2010
That is all that awaits; one week, 7 days, a handful and change...till another marathon! The Philadelphia start line is that close now. I got the full 40 miles done this past week and I finally now feel like I am tapering!!
The last of the 3 mile speed run, the last marathon paced 10 mile run, the last semi-long run of 8 miles and the last full week of training! My stomach churns with anticpation and realization as I wrtie this.
What is left now? What do I fill my days with prior to our departure on Thursday? It' s just a mere 3 days of easy paced 5 mile runs; a total of 15 more miles on English soil. I've decided that I'll do 3 different routes ending with my favourite 5 mile on Wednesday. This is also a week of packing, organizing work, completing paperwork, taking the animals to their respective kennels/cattery, countless additional things, plus contacting family members and friends that are going to be our cheering section while in the US. Perhaps all this is to shift the focus and my nerves away from Sunday 21 November.
It is so fitting that we will spend some additional days in the Philadelphia area for Thanksgiving and my birthday!! We will enjoy the holiday with family and enjoy this rare opportunity of being together.
Our race numbers and instructions came via email. Come 07:00 US East Coast Time, on 21 November the Philadelpia Marathon begins. My speedy hubby is in the second pen! I'm much further back in pen 7 (last pen) My number is 12210
Your kind thoughts and cheers of encouragement are greatly appreciated. I'll carry you in my mind as I run on Sunday. When it gets tough out there, as I know it will, I'll draw strength from how each of you has been a part of this journey of mine and left messages of support. Thank you in advance as I truly appreciate each one of you.
Monday, November 08, 2010
In Uk terms, I'm only a fortnight away from running Philly! It's the wind down now, preparation is complete. I completed 34.31 miles last week, a bit of a dip from the previous weeks 52 miles! However, the work has been done, the legs are in taper mode.
I got out and did my last long run of double figures, I completed the next to last speedy 3 miles in excellent form and fought the dipping temperatures and windy autumn days. I'm pleased with my progress and trying to not let myself get too anxious. For this is when the doubts have a way of slipping in...will I be able to keep to my last bit of training, will I do the time I am aiming for, will my legs/feet hold out.. and on and on the questions go on.
This is when I MUST trust the training, trust my abilities, trust that I have done what I can do to get to stand on the start line. My marathon shoes are here, I am mentally putting my packing list together and working on our itinerary. The days will fly by now and in just over a week we will be packed and ready to jet across the pond. I'm excited just thinking about it!!! YEAhhhh this is what I have trained for and will do my best!
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
It has taken 13 weeks and 442.76 miles to get to where I am today; on the summit of my training program for the Philadelphia Marathon. The view ahead has been worth all the miles I have travelled to get here on my virtual trek up my mountain named Philadelphia. To reach this place from base camp 2 it has taken 4 weeks and 177.51 more miles.
This portion tested my physical endurance, mental strength, and speed as I undertook the most difficult half marathon I have ever run! Talk about hills!! Even taking that into consideration I ran my best half marathon time of the three I did this year. Then I looked onward to the steepest part of my ascent; weeks that totalled 41 miles, 46 miles and the final summit week of 52 miles!
I take in the view of what I have achieved, but I can't linger and rest, I have a marathon to race in less than 3 weeks! My goal now is to keep this fitness I have worked so hard to attain. I will do this by holding my miles to about 40 per week, by just 2 more speed sessions, 2 more 10 mile marathon paced runs and one more 10 mile long run and additonal "keep fit" miles.
Finally then, on marathon week, I bring the miles down, as if softly alighting on the start line from wires, to take my place. Ready, both mentally and physically, to undertake the real journey....the 26.2 miles of the Philadelphia Marathon.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
I cannot believe it! I'm only 3 weeks from running another marathon, number 8! My training for the most part is over, I've done my longest week I've reached my virtual summit and I'm standing on the precipice of stepping into a waiting achievement.
All the miles I 've done thus far, all the hours upon hours I've spent on the road and strength training. This week was 52 miles and hundreds of minutes! I did the 10 mile marathon paced run and the Saturday 20 miler. I feel such a sense of satisfaction already.
I see a drop of 11 miles less this coming week vs this past week. I still have 40 miles to cover this week but the hardest work is completed. I'm still waiting for my shoes which are due to arrive Tuesday! Then my mind will focus on maintaining the strength and endurance these past 13 weeks have provided. I inwardly can't help but smile, I've actually worked my plan...soon I will test it!
Monday, October 25, 2010
I'm down to just four weeks until Philly! 28 days, less than a month. This is crunch week..the high mile week, the final push upward towards my virtual summit! My pinnacle of training happens this week. I have prepared, been consistent and logged the miles. Even when I feel like I don't really want to lace up, I think, it will be over in just about an hour and I can cross off another day's miles.
This was a high week in my running miles, over 46 miles run. I don't count my walks or my cool downs, if I did I would have gone over 50 miles out on my feet. That's a lot of hours on the road. The miles go up once more...to 52 this week. I hit the 10 mile marathon paced run and the BIG long run of 20 miles on Saturday, all going to plan that is. I can see the awaiting summit!
I ordered my marathon race shoes and they should be in the end of the week. I'll break them in during the last 2 weeks and then pack just them for Philly.
So as I look down the week to the longest and hardest one awaiting me, I'll draw strength from having done these numbers before. I'll relive the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment at being able to do what I have set out to achieve. in four short weeks this will all be memories that I'll relive over and over again!!
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