I think the main lesson I’ve learned from my training in the last few weeks is that I’m not in the kind of shape I thought I was. After being inspired by Spirit of the Marathon, I met up with Richie and Steve for a 10 mile run a few weeks ago. I was really dogging it about halfway through and had to stop for a walk after about 9 miles. They were kind enough to let me catch my breath and we finished 10 miles in about an hour and a half.
Since then, I’ve realized that I’ll have to take it easy and gradually build myself back up until my legs come back. That’s not a big deal since I’ve really got no big race plans until the Ragnar Relay in January. On that front, we’ve put together a team of 12 runners and I’m the coach! It doesn’t mean all that much since we’re not horribly serious about time. I think our main goal is to get to Key West early enough to have a bit of a nap before the party really starts.
I did manage to get 3 runs in less than 24 hours this weekend. The first was 6 miles in about 52:30. The second was 3 miles that I didn’t time, but felt fast. The third was 3 miles in 26 minutes. The legs are holding up pretty well and I’m regaining some cardiovascular fitness. My goal right now is to try to stay consistent and just get my workouts in with little regard for time.