So tonight I had 8 planned, but ended up doing 5 for a few reasons. First and foremost, I am supposed to be tapering and resting my legs. Week 15 ended up being a weird rest week, but I don’t want to run miles just to run them and mess myself up for my marathon that is in 10 days. Also, I just wanted to spend less time running. I didn’t have much of a plan, but here’s what I ended up doing: a warmup mile, a mile at 7:17, a jog mile, a real fast mile at 6:14, and then a cooldown mile. The 6:14 surprised me and it felt really good and like I could’ve kept going for a while. That was a nice surprise. I’ll try to make up the 3 extra miles but if I don’t, no big deal.
I should also mention that for the last several months I’ve completely forgotten that marathon training did not start on January 1st. It actually started on December 30th. So, I have been completely neglecting 9 miles that I ran in week 1 in my total “marathon miles”. So, I have actually run 661 miles since marathon training began, and should be at 710 total miles walking up to the start line. Obviously 9 miles isn’t anything nuts but I’ll take it!!
When this all started, I planned 884 miles, and I will end up with 736 assuming all goes to plan, which means I did 83% of the miles I planned. It’s also almost exactly 8 miles a week. That’s a lot, but I think a lot of it is justified. At some point I sat down and figured out what I had done versus what I had planned, but at least half of the missed miles were snow related. Week 5 in particular was very bad, and I missed a ton of miles in week 15 I had to take off 4 days because I was sick, and that was probably another 30 or so, maybe more. The rest were just a product of having to take days off for rest or an actual social life. I think I struggled in the later weeks because it’s just very difficult to run 10 miles when you get home at 6:30 and don’t really get out the door until 7pm, and need to eat dinner and unwind at some point. I know a lot of busy people train for marathons running only 3 or 4 days a week, so I think I did a decent job of running the miles that my life allowed me to run.
Finally, I was 207.5 on March 5 after a long run, but I was also 209 on March 29, 207.5 again on April 6, and 205.5 yesterday after my run. I have no idea what my “actual” weight is, since I’ve only been weighing myself after runs all year, but I’m about 15 pounds “after run weight” lighter than I was when the year started. I’m going to try to keep making progress on that as the year goes on. I fluctuate a lot depending on what I eat and drink, but I feel like I’m about 5 pounds away from being a really good weight. Obviously I’d like to have lost those 5 lbs by now, but I’m not going to do it in 10 days.
Alright, doing 8 tomorrow, see ya then.