I haven't had time to blog in what feels like ages. I haven't made time to run in that long either. Everything is catching up with me and there's no way I can slow down the time between now and the marathon, so.... some stuff will just have to wait while I train.
I did run with the group on Saturday. We were slated to do 12 miles but the turnaround was filled with debris from Hurricane Ike; we cut it short and thought we'd made it up on the extra distance to the restrooms. As it turns out, we didn't. The run ended up at a distance of 11.67 miles: 2 hrs 56 minutes. That's not going to be good enough for the <6 hour target for the full marathon. It was really humid, somewhat hot, and toward the end, my legs (hip flexors mainly) were causing me serious pain so I walked more than I planned. I can counter that negativity by saying that prior to Saturday, I'd done one 3 mile walk/run (mostly walk) in 2 weeks. I think that was it. I did run 9 miles two-Saturday's before but then I didn't do much of anything else. Well, I did loads of stuff, just not running/fitness-stuff. Considering that, I'd say that even finishing the almost-12 miles was an accomplishment.
We have 10 miles on the plan for Saturday and I'm looking forward to it. I will try to finish in 2 hrs 15 minutes. This week I've already logged 6+ miles. Sunday, Dakota and I did almost 3 miles of a fast walk with a little bit of running ~ just to stretch my legs and to get her accustomed to pacing herself. Monday all the kids and I went for a 1.5 mile walk to the track, around it once and back home. After they went to bed, I did another 3-ish miles on the treadmill. Overall, it felt good and my legs were strong. Consistency this week will make it all that much easier on Saturday.
Gotta run now ~ work is still a priority. Happy running!