Well, I'm two just about two days away from Sunday's OC Half-marathon. Newport Beach to Irvine in 13.1 miles. It'll be the longest run I've ever done. Emmy and I have been training since November, using one of Gale Bernhardt's plans.
I basically did nothing over the Christmas break week. I pulled a muscle in my back on Christmas Day--probably from the red-eye the day before, but it didn't happen until I was washing dishing (Dad, I blame you).
The long runs in the training program have been a trip. Getting used to them was tough. At first, running an hour was a huge accomplishment. Then it was an hour and a half. Then it was two. Pre-Christmas, Emmy and I joined Toby and Joe Decker (awesome guy, new Active Expert and World's Fittest Man to boot!) on a three hour lap through Los Penasquitos Canyon. Whoa. Yeah we walked the hills and stopped for ten minutes halfway through, but still, it was three hours. We covered 13 miles, running most of it.
I think we can do it. Our goal is two hours. That's just under a nine-minute per mile pace. There's a 60% chance of rain for the race, but that's ok. We're from New England. We're hearty.