Monday, September 27, 2010

Marathon Madness Monday: Week 17

Good morning and happy Monday, everyone! My last double digit training run went really well this weekend. The temps were nice and cool (in the 40s), there was no wind, and the sun was shining. I would be thrilled if it was that nice on race day - fingers crossed!

Fall has definitely arrived here in Minnesota - which thrills me to no end. My mood and pace are both positively impacted by cooler temps. I am not nearly as cranky as I was in August and my average pace has been consistently around 9:40 which I am really happy with! I feel like 9:40 has sort of become my 'sweet spot'. I don't know if it is realistic to run 9:40 miles on marathon day, but right now, 9:40 feels like a nice, comfortable pace when I am doing these training runs.

I have another light week of running ahead of me. It feels weird to run 3 or 4 miles on week days. I am used to running 6-8 miles/day. I liked the challenge of fitting in 8 miles before going to work on Wednesday but I must say, these lighter running days are quite lovely!

Amber messaged me yesterday to say, 'two weeks from now we will be heading to the start line!' When I read it, I immediately had the 'nervous butterflies' feeling. I am excited for the race, but I am nervous for the race. But I have properly trained and I know my body is ready for those 26.2! Can't wait to see how it all turns out!

I'll be back next week with my race goals! Have a great week everyone!


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Training Tally:
Miles ran last week: 24
Training-to-date mileage: 462

19 comments:

abbi said...

It's definitely downhill from here for you...the shorter mileages do feel weird, don't they? Glad your run this week was a confidence booster...you are definitely ready to tackle your race!

Charbelle said...

I was feeling those butterflies yesterday knowing that next week I'll be running. So excited for you!!

Emily Jane said...

So close now!! I'm getting really excited for you! :)

Mandy said...

The weather just has to be so much more comfortable for you to run in when its cooler like it is now. I am crossing my fingers for cooler temps when you all are in Portland.

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Apparently it was beautiful in Portland this weekend. Hopefully it stays that way! *knock on wood*

The fact that it is now LESS than two weeks away seems crazy to me!

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Ah, I wish I had your confidence! I just keep feeling like I'm NOT ready. Then I got DailyMile scolded for not tapering enough when I thought I was tapering too much. I obviously don't know what I'm doing...
I think 9:40's would be pretty darn awesome, don't you? I really think you can do it. In fact...I think you can BREAK that in a race! Can't wait to see you do it (well, ok, read about you doing it)!

Nora said...

You will be so awesome come race day, I just know it :) i'll be cheering for you from the Midwest.

(Side note: fall is here to stay as well, I think and I'm loving it!)

Marlys said...

Wow, it's hard to believe that the big weekend you've been planning is almost here! We are so excited for you! The short runs seem so much better to me! :)!!!

Leigh said...

It's coming so soon! You and Amber are going to rock it!

Abby said...

It's all downhill from here! WHat an awesome feeling to be this close to the race - and to be about done with your training!


Glad to hear you guys are getting nice fall weather! Enjoy it!! ;)

J said...

Reading about your mid week longs runs makes me want to run 8 miles before work! I am usually the one that is doing 3-4 miles in the morning! Your marathon is right around the corner! Enjoy taper!

Julie -- "Hotlegs Runner" said...

How exciting for you! It's a good thing the weather is cooperating in your area. Over here (CA), it's been really HOT.

Good luck on your first Marathon =)

Stephany said...

40 degrees? I'm jealous. It's still in the 90's and awfully humid here.

You are SO CLOSE to the end! And I think you are so ready for the race. Both of you are going to rock it.

Nicole said...

The cooler weather has really made want to get out there and actually start running. I should get out there and do it before I lose my motivation and use cold weather as my next excuse.

Carolina John said...

yea baby! It's almost time! Start getting excited...... now.

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I am excited for your marathon!!! You are going to kick butt!!!!

Lisa-Marie said...

You are doing so well! I like that for the last two weeks you taper your running. You sound very much like you are ready to go, i'll be cheering you from the other side of the ocean!

Sassy Molassy said...

Glad your 12 miler went well! Crazy to realize that it doesn't feel very long when you're used to running 16+ mile runs. I'm hoping weather should be nice on race day...cool, but not raining. We'll see!

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

Can't believe you're so close to 10/10/10 and 26.2. It's been such a treat following your journey and I can't wait to hear all about the big finale!