Hey Everyone! Remember me? It seems that after dubbing myself the "Worst Blog Ever" a few weeks ago, I've been doing everything in my power to live up to the title. I wouldn't be terrible if I posted more than once every 2 and half weeks!
In all honesty, I've been meaning to provide an update on how things have been coming along for at least the last week or so, but things have been so busy that I haven't been able to find the time. With how crazy things have been at the office, all this marathon training and playoff football, blogging has had to take a back seat.
Over the last couple of weeks, I've tackled a total of 40 miles including 2 long runs of 9 and 10 miles respectively. My body is definitely still adjusting to running this much, but overall I can sense that my fitness level is continuing to improve week to week. When my schedule calls for 3 or 4 or even 5 miles now, it seems like a cake walk. Maybe in a month or so that's how I'll feel when I have to hit double digits on a Wednesday morning! (Fingers crossed!)
I consider both my long runs big accomplishments. I haven't attempted either distance since high school, but in the last couple of weeks I've done so at a pace competitive with (or maybe even faster than) the one I held up as a 16 year old. It may sound totally corny, but the feeling of pride I have when my iPod sounds "Congratulations, you just completed your longest workout to date" is something I can't describe. It's another small victory on my way to crossing the finish line in 3 short months!
My first long run was with a small group of MGH Marathon Team members. It was nice to meet some other runners and hear about their experiences so far. Overall, the run was a big confidence boost because I was well ahead of several girls and ultimately caught up to one of the more seasoned marathoners on the team. I felt awesome as we trotted along side one another -- that is until she told me that she was hungover and had gained nearly 15 pounds since last year (when she finished Boston with a qualifying time). Nevertheless, it was nice to know I could hang with her, even if it was on her worst day.