I am 2.5 weeks before marathon #1 and 4.5 weeks until marathon #2! This is exciting because it means that my 20 mile runs are behind me and I am in taper mode until marathon #1! It also means that we will be eating a lot of pasta and rice to build up some reserves for the races. This is one of my favorite parts of training – eating! I will most likely add a few pounds between now and marathon #1 – which is oK since I have lost about 15 pounds in the past year!
Fargo, aka marathon #1, is advertised as fast and flat! Minneapolis, aka marathon #2, has a steep hill at mile 17 into 18! Both are Boston qualifying courses. Prior to my dad’s death, I was training really well, powering through my runs. However running the last few weeks has been much harder and the training runs have not always gone well. When I started training for Fargo, I was hoping to get a BQ time, now I will be happy to just finish with a PR.
So as I much on apples with peanut butter, bananas with Nutella, chips and salsa, I dream of running these races with a fast time and begin to put on my mental edge. These first two races will be run in memory of my dad who helped me get a school record for the mile many years ago. Lord willing i will get close to a BQ time with one of these two.
Marathon #3 will be in October. There might be a 4th! What a year for running!