My marathon is a mere month away.
How is training going?
Well, it’s kind of non-existent.
I mean, I am active. I am running (sort of). But, I am nowhere near where I was in March/April when I was training for the Vancouver Marathon in May.
It’s hard to stay on a consistent training plan when your right knee/IT band decides to hurt and not want to run.
There’s a part of me that hopes I can bust out a PR (with little “serious” training) like I did with the half marathon in August. But then there’s the realistic part of me that is like, “Chicago is going to suck. You’re in no condition to race well.”
This long Labor Day weekend I did a strenuous mountain hike (8.6 miles) Friday. On Saturday, I did a 2-mile race (my high school’s alumni run). Yesterday I did a lake hike that had some elevation and was about 6.5 miles. Today I ate a pot pie and mac and cheese and went boot shopping with my mom. In any other universe this would not be “marathon training” to me.
But, for right now, this will do. I mean, I know I am not “getting slow.” I was able to crush the 2-mile race in 14:20 which is 7:10 pace. I think that’s about what I was running in high school (if not slower!)
Soon, the weather will also get crummy and I won’t want to go out and hike.
Next weekend, I will at least attempt to do a long run.
But, for now, since it’s September, we might as well dance.