This morning I completed another good 5 mile run. I have decided that I can move up my mid-week runs to 5 miles vs 4. That will help build the endurance I am going to need. Takes me nearly an hour (about 56-58 minutes) but I will need to run that long to build to a 5 hour race.
305 is the number of miles I have run this year. About 500 more miles to go before the marathon. At least that is what I have in my plan. You see, I have a spreadsheet that tracks my running progress. It allows me to put in my plan and actuals for running, tracks my total, monthly, weekly averages and calculates my pace for the run if I enter distance and time. It even lets me track how many miles are on my different pairs of shoes.
Now this sounds a little bit much, but actually my running log is a good motivator for me. As soon as I get back from my runs, I fire up the computer and record my time. I think about how far I have come since the beginning of the year and get to celebrate how well I have progressed. I can see how my times have improved, how my miles have picked up month to month, and how my races continue to get better and better. Besides, the mathematician in me likes to count!
Now the test will be to see how my heel holds out today. After some ice this morning and later today, hopefully I will be ready for another 5 tomorrow morning!