Well! Since my last post I've actually run the longest run ever, ever, EVER twice more! (Woo-hoo!!) (Oh yeah, and I turned 35. Whoa.) 2 weeks ago Michele and I ran 16mi and today Erin and I ran 18mi, and I finally feel like I might just be able to pull this crazy marathon thing off. (Phew!)
The 16mi run actually kind of super sucked. It was a ridiculously hot & humid day, a lot of the run was in the blazing sun, and it was a struggle to stagger back to Michele's house at the end.
Today, however, it was high 60s and light rain, which was actually really pleasant to run in (although wet feet = new blister, booooo). But, the rain kept the bike path virtually desolate, which was a major plus. Here's the proof that the run was accomplished, straight from my nike+ account.
A screenshot straight from nikeplus.com
Erin and I were pretty psyched with our run today - got our pace down to under 13:30min/mile. Not too shabby!! The weather was definitely a huge factor I think. We did 2min/90sec run/walk intervals and I think that worked really, really well too. Right now, that's definitely what I'm leaning towards for marathon day.
And I actually managed to do quite well running all my runs during my two weeks away (Lake Winnipaukee, home for a week, then Lake George). In fact, despite my worry that I'd potentially slack off on vacation, it was the week home in between that I ended up not running...whoops!
But now there's only 2 loooooong runs left until the taper leading up to the marathon! Next week 10mi, 2 weeks from now 20mi, then back to 10mi, then 23mi, and then 3 weeks of tapering. Sweet!
The bonus for all this is that I actually got the hubs to start the couch to 5k program too! Very proud of him.