I feel like I stayed pretty consistent, which is always the goal on my long runs. I want to be used to running even paces so that on race day I can keep up with the pace group until near the end and then I hope to push ahead so that I'm well under my goal pace.
This marathon training has taught me so much about myself this winter. 1. I whine a lot (haha), especially when it's below freezing and I have a two hour run to do, or if I get sick! 2. Aside from my whining, I have become extremely dedicated. I may take a break for a week but I always come back the next week with the same goal in mind, I haven't given up. 3. I am much stronger than I give myself credit for and my training and paces have proven that to me. 4. I LOVE the long runs. I have loved running for as long as I can remember, but the long runs give me the biggest thrill. After this 18 miler I couldn't stop telling people about it and posting it wherever I could find. My poor family can only hear so much. :)
Today my legs are sore and heavy! The weather is a gorgeous 57 degrees out today, but I don't have anyone to keep my Sweet Caroline while I run, so I headed to the YMCA to get in my run. I rode 4 miles on the stationary bike to loosen up my legs some, and then stretched and ran 3 miles on the cushy indoor track. So far it has been a great week of training. 67 days til race day!!!!!