Today is the start of being 16 weeks of training away from my fourth marathon. The Jack and Jill (J&J) in Washington state. I would just like to say that all of you who promised to never let me run another one have failed miserably. 16 weeks is a pretty standard marathon training calendar and since I’ve got a solid base it should be plenty of time. I had my half PR last weekend which was super encouraging. I rested most of the week following the race (last week), and was ready to hit the pavement for 10 by Sunday.
Meteorologist Michelle figured we should start south and run our way north (due to 2o mph winds). We started at Turkey Mountain and ran our way home. It sounds like a simple enough plan but there was lots of planning that went into this route. Weather, outfits, mileage, cars, etc.
We got there by 7:20 and had perfect weather to start running. Here are the things I want to remember from this run:
- We saw a bald eagle!
- I had some funny heart racing moments whenever we would stop for water. One was around mile 5 at a water fountain on the west side. The next was when we first got back across the bridge to the east side. I stopped to rest and my vision went pretty white. I found a street sign to hold onto and just took deep breaths until I felt steady again. We walked to a water fountain and pressed on as soon as my vision was clear again. I ran/walked the rest of the way home.
- Some guy stopped me in Owen Park who appeared to be lost. I tried to help him the best I could but honestly didn’t know where he was trying to go.
I made it 9 of our planned 10 miles. It was a rough start to official training but it’s a start. I find that when I have countdowns and calendars like this, I can keep momentum going well. For example, I got up and did my circuits this morning! I’m excited and also not excited about these next 16 weeks. Excited for the challenge, and not excited because I know (x3) how hard this can be. But, I’m glad to have someone by my side (or a little bit in front of me) through the next several hundred+ miles.