Tuesday, 15 January 2008
Back on Track
Yay! I have gotten out and run 3 out of the last 4 days, for a total of 11 + miles. Thanks to your suggestions, I have printed out a marathon training plan from RunnersWorld.com and followed it - so far.
I really, really want to run the Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage on June 21. Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year, in Alaska - how cool is that!
I am trying to figure out if I even qualify as a "beginner" in this plan. They call a beginner someone who has run between 11 and 15 miles a week for 6 months or more. I was running 20 miles a week - until my last half marathon. I really cut back after that. In December, I ran only 21 miles. So, do I count myself as a PRE-beginner now? And work for a few weeks at the 11 to 15 mile per week level? I think that is what I am going to try.
I am so psyched. I was out pre-dawn this morning. (the picture is from my run this morning - it looked a lot prettier in person!) I ran a totally different route. It was nice, but pretty scary to be running along a highway in the dark... and there are animals out there. Wild Animals! I saw Elk along there once! Those things are BIG!
OH, and since I was running along a highway, in the dark, I opted to not use my iPod. Do you know that I had my best pace in quite a while. I have run faster miles, but not 4 of them put together. Is it because I run better without music? I have a hard time believing that, but I know a lot of people really frown on using the iPod. Any thoughts?