I know I'm a mediocre blogger and I'm comfortable with this fact, but even I'm appalled at how little I've been posting during this marathon cycle. A lot of it has to do with the time of year. Even though I'm not in the custom publishing industry anymore, I somehow managed to gravitate towards another industry with a busy period in the fall: healthcare marketing. Rats.
So, a brief recap of the fall training cycle is in order, I believe:
- I ran a lot.
- I trained with a group (a marathon-dedicated group) for the first time.
- I raced a couple times and recorded one new PR--21:07 in the 5K.
- I got sick and had to work some overtime, mostly around the same time.
- Went through a rut in motivation; training suffered.
- Rebounded and logged some great, confidence-boosting workouts recently.
- Am still definitely in the hunt for that 3:40:59.
Beginning Wednesday, I started obsessing over the extended weather forecast for November 1. Since then, predicted highs have ranged from 55 to 70 with lows from 34 to 56. It has been consistently calling for partly cloudy skies and a very low probability of precipitation. On Thursday I can start to obsess over the hour-by-hour forecast. :)
My foot continues to nag off and on. Every time I start to think, "This time, I really need to have this checked," it stops hurting completely. I haven't felt a twinge in the past week, so I'm hoping it will stay quiet. If it flares up during the race, I think I'm going to have to break down and see a doctor. At least then I can be told not to run for a while and might actually obey.
So with five days to go until the race, the outlook is promising. The hay's in the barn--I can only wait and see how all the factors fall into place. And eat a lot of carbs. And drink a lot of water. And rest. Etc... :)