Three weeks from today is the Minneapolis Marathon. This should prove to be an interesting race since the past 6 weeks have been everything but normal for me. First I got a stress fracture which put running on hold for 3-4 weeks. Just as I was beginning to run again, my mom fell and broker her hip which started a 3 week stay in Nebraska and little to no running as I took care of my dad.
This weekend was my “peak” training run – the last of the really long runs. It was a 20 mile run, which I managed to complete – in two parts. The temps were much warmer than I like to run in and that alone took its toll. However I was still able to go out and run 10 miles with very little effort. Ten miles is generally an “easy” run for me and these two were just a bit of an effort, but still I was able to run 10.5 minute miles – which puts me on a 4:30 Marathon!
I am looking forward to the next 3 weeks of training. I need to be consistent in my runs and build up my fitness base. My goal for this marathon is to finish in under 5 hours – which should be relatively easy given how I have trained so far. I will run with the 4:30 pace group and see how long I can stay with them. I should be able to run somewhere between 4:30 and 4:45 if – the weather conditions are conducive to running (i.e. low temps, low humidity); I reach my peak on race day and I don’t cramp!
So here the countdown to race day begins. Caleb is doing well with his training and he should finish around 4 hours. It should be a great race for both of us!