Monday, September 15, 2014

Marathon Training Week 14

This picture is from week 1, but we're all too tired
to take pictures after our long runs now.
Week 14 nicely coincides with a 14-mile long run, which is actually a "short" long run compared to last week and what's a head at the end of this week, the 20-miler.

Again it was a nice cool day, actually chilly - I wore a long sleeve shirt - and so the weather was perfect. It was never hot and we had a great run.  The whole week was nice, the only day that posed a problem was Wednesday. Due to scheduling issues, I needed to run before work and was prepared (or was trying to prepare myself) to get up to run 9 miles at 4 a.m. I know, right, insane. However, the weather had other notions and by that night storms and wind made running in the dark, in the park, not a good idea. So we didn't. I did four miles on the treadmill at work and told myself I'd make up the five sometimes later in the week - just like I told myself last week. But then several people told me I was being silly and that there wasn't a real need to make up those miles. Since they all were either training for a marathon, had run marathons or were my sister, I listened to them and let it go (sorry those of you with little girls who now have that song stuck in their heads).

I've stuck to my training schedule much more than I did the first time around, but I am starting to get the jitters about being able to complete 26 miles. I know I can do it, but of course I want to do it faster than the first time and I'm worried I'll get to mile 20 and just fall apart.

But even if on the off chance I do fall apart, which I probably won't, at least I will have raised more than $1,000 for CARA Road Scholars. My wonderful brother donated $25 last week - though I know that was an in-kind donation since he wants me to give for his theater company (it's on it way John). But regardless, I'm just grateful that all of you out there have supported me through this, again.

Stats for the week:
Miles run: 28
Miles left to go: 126.2
Raised so far: $1075.20
Left to go: Nothing - just seeing how much I can raise now.

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