1. I can feel myself getting carried away. With speed. It’s like a new toy, and all I want to do is play with it and nothing else. But I need to slow it down. I do not want to hurt myself. Wednesday’s 4-miler at an 8:30 pace was not too hard. But I was pushing myself toward the end … juuuuuuust past my comfort zone. Slow down, Ker, slow down.
2. I must remember to respect the 18-miler coming up on Sunday. As I mentioned before, last year’s 18 was awesome. It was such a great run. But that doesn’t mean it will be this year. Eighteen miles is the real deal. It’s no walk in the park. Rather, it’s more than three hours of running.
3. The training plan I’m following only calls for two mid-week runs and one weekend long run. I’ve been running more than that. I need to cut it back to three runs total each week. The worst thing that can happen right now is me overdoing it (What, me? Never!) and hurting myself.
I need to write these things down and staple them to my forehead…
I'm following a similar plan with 3-4 runs a week but last week I stepped it up and ran more than that and I could tell that my runs suffered as a result. Quality over quantity – that's what I keep telling myself when I feel the urge to lace up to shoes and do a 'junk' run
Cue the cheesy Top Gun quote….You have the need for speed! It gets addicting plus it feels great!!! Good luck on your 18 miler!
Yes, be careful Cruisin' Kerrie! I tend to do the same thing though… the closer I get to a race, the more I start to push (I've run every day this week! Opps!)
Never hurts to tap into you inner speed-demon every once in a while. Stay healthy and good luck with the 18 – my favorite long-run distance.
You are doing so good! I love reading about your new found speed. Good luck this weekend!
Wow you are speedy! I love reading about your progress its inspiring.
Speed is fun! Once I got done with my first marathon and hadn't yet signed up for number two, I started to focus more on it and it was fun trying to set PRs and things like that.18 miles is like the perfect distance. Not 20 so you don't quite have to deal with the mental monsters that can come up with that but it's not 15 either so it's not just another long run. Some of my best runs ever have been 18-milers. One in particular stands out…
What training program are you using? Curious before I start my marathon training.
well. you'd probably be better served to tattoo them to your husband's forehead, then you could stare lovingly at him over dinner… just a thought… no? not helpful?
I'm following the 3-runs-a-week FIRST program and have the same problem. Good luck with the 18!
I feel the need, the need for speed!!! Are you gona become a fighter pilot??? No really, speed is pretty cool!! You're doing so great!! Your improvement over the past several months is truly inspirational and it is due to your dedication and hard work!!! I love looking back and seeing how we all (you, me, Jill, Zoe, Mel and others) have evolved over time! Totally cool!!! CANT WAIT TO CHEER YOU IN TO THE FINISH LINE THIS SUMMER!!!!
love your list of reminders!!! i need one just like it on my forehead. the marathon training has been getting the better of me lately. :S