Well last week marked the official end of "half marathon" season for me. I ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon, and although the race wasn't what quite what I had hoped for...I pulled through and managed. Thank you all so much for your kind words and support...it really does mean a lot to me.
As much as I would love a "redo", it's time to move up and onward - I have a marathon to train for! If I counted correctly, the 18-week training window starts right after July 4th. Which is nice, because it gives me some time to take it a bit easy this week - I can't believe how much a "bad" race can take it out of you! I'm still pretty tired, my legs feel a bit heavy, and my right knee was a bit swollen last night, and is a bit stiff today. I don't think it's anything that a few days of good icing and foam rolling won't take care of...but if it continues to bother me, I'll head straight to the PT office. Much better to nip an injury in the bud before it becomes a major problem.
Since I went to the Hartford Marathon Foundation's open house a few weeks ago - I've been thinking about joining up with their marathon training group. I emailed the coordinator to see if she would send me over a copy of their long run schedule - and the beginner plan calls for two 16 mile runs, two 18s, one 17, and two 20s. And since their marathon is on October 16th, that still gives me time to do one more cycle on my own. The only downside is that the group meets at 6:30 am - eek! that is early. But I think the early alarms will be worth it to beat the heat and have some training buddies.
Do you have a race this fall you are targeting? What's your plan of attack for the summer?
PS - Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about the giveaway I had alluded to earlier in the week - it's coming, I promise! Make sure you are "following" me so you can be included. Stayed tuned!