I did it again. I signed up for the Long Branch Half Marathon. If I get to the finish line, this will be my third time running the race. For the last 2 years, I have dreamed of running the New Jersey Marathon instead, but as you well know, injury has a way of making it's own plans that don't always coincide with yours. Last week, on impulse, I decided I could somehow swing it...my runs had been going well lately (meaning the last 3 weeks), and as long as I could manage one 20-miler, I should be able to drag myself to the finish line of the marathon, right? Right?
Then, memories of my first marathon last September came to me. It had taken every ounce of my strength and energy to complete 26.2 miles when I was fully prepared (I had completed a 17 mile run, an 18-mile runs, a 20 mile run and a 23-mile run before the race). Could I pull off 26.2 miles coming out of an injury, with just 2 months of training? Last week, I ran only 23 miles. I could up the mileage to 32-35 by mid-April, but would that be good enough?
Then, as quickly as I soared, I came hurtling back to earth. It is probably doable but definitely not in keeping with my philosophy Running for Fun. When I run the NJ Marathon, it will be when I am fully prepared to give the distance its due. I don't know if 26.2 miles can ever be "fun" but I could at least keep it from being torture. The marathon distance needs to be respected.
So, LBH it will be! I am excited to be running this race again (well, not so much the second time). This year, I hope to enjoy it as much as possible. A PR will be nice, but I am not counting on it. Who else is running the LBH? Or the NJM?
Monday: 5 mile easy run (I'm going to stop calling my runs easy...they all are!)
Tuesday: 10 miles (it was supposed to be 12 miles, but faced with a strong wind and temperature in the teens, I caved). Even with 2 layers of gloves, my hands were so red, swollen and painful, I had to sit on them for a few minutes, then run them under warm water for 10 minutes to restore circulation.
Wednesday: stationary bike - 30 minutes; abs - 15 minutes
Thursday: stationary bike - 30 minutes; abs - 20 minutes
Friday: 5 miles (after Tuesday's freeze-fest, I donned my warmest clothing and stepped outside into sunny 60 degrees! D-uh! Look up the weather forecast, you idiot!); spinning - 45 minutes