Here we are, marathon week! I had planned to run 10 miles this weekend, with the last 6 at marathon pace. However, I had been up on my feet all day Friday and Saturday prepping and cooking a 5 course meal for about 100 donors in celebration of the 5 year anniversary of the Cor Unum Meal Center. So I didn't go for the run Saturday morning, and thought that I could fit it in Sunday afternoon after the anticipated snow storm. Well the storm arrived Saturday afternoon, and by the time I got home late that night, the weight of the snow on the still leafed branches knocked out the power lines in most of the town that I live in. After cleaning the snow, and the broken branches that fell in the yard, I didn't have much rest. I finally went out Sunday evening, and ran 5 miles versus the planned 10. I did run about 4 miles at marathon pace. I ended up taking a freezing cold shower after that. This morning, the power is still out, and not planned to be back up until late this week. I got up from my nice warm bed to an unheated house! Went out for 4 easy miles, and again finished it with the "nice" freezing shower. I finally warmed up when I got to work!!!
Hope your week is going better! What are your challenges leading to marathon day?
You have my sympathies...and admiration for getting out to run at all in that mess. I hope your power is restored quickly.
I'm liking the sound of 60 and sunny on race day. It sure beats your scenario. I know that's a little warm for very competitive runners, but since my last rainy, cold long-run a few weeks ago when I strained my knee, I get tight and achy whenever it's wet and chilly.
Hoping my knee holds on is my biggest challenge I think. I've lost a little fitness resting it, but if my gracillis and sartorius hang in there I think I can too!
(My other big challenge is laying off the Haagen-Dazs during the taper!)
Good luck Sunday! See you on the Verrazano!
"If you think you will fail or that you will succeed, you'll be right."
Recent and Upcoming Races:
New York NY - ING NY Marathon, Nov. 6, 2011 - Finish time 4:53:24