Sunday, January 06, 2008

One More Week!


Just one more week until my husband and I run Disney! Training lately has been tough but it went much better this past week. After a tough 16 miler that left me drained on the 22nd of Dec, a difficult 5 miler the following week, and an even harder 12.5 miler last weekend - I was worried that I just didn't have the energy anymore and the race was going to be a bust.

But I regained some confidence with my past 2 runs. On Thursday evening my husband and I ran 5 miles in 44 degree and 11 mph winds(translate that as 38 deg wind chill....cold for us Floridians). The chill felt great and we had a wonderful run - finishing at a 10:42 min/mi pace (with 5 min run and 1 min walk). Yesterday late afternoon (probably around 70 deg) we ran 10.2 miles in 1 hour 55 min - an 11:17 min/mi pace - again using the run 5 min walk 1 min approach.

I feels great to see my running times return to the "normal range." The focus in the coming week is to do a few easy short runs - get plenty of rest and eat well. I think I will leave the iRiver and iPod home. I will have the cell phone so I can always use Jott to record anything I want to say. Jott let's me do Twitter on the fly as well - if desired.

I am beginning to get excited. The extended forecast has been a mixed bag, depending on which website I pay attention to. Accuweather says cloudy and nice with temps ranging from upper 40's to around 70 degrees. Weather.com is calling for some rain with highs around 80. Cooler will be better but you know how it goes - you get what you get. Let's hope Accuweather has it right!

8 comments:

Petraruns said...

Chris I am so excited for you! It sounds like you're peaking at just the right time! I'm going to try to be offline during my holiday but I will find a terminal to check on your progress on Sunday - it's just too exciting. This is great - and you will do great. I am absolutely sure. You have worked so hard! I am very very impressed with you.

MarathonChris said...

Thanks, Petra. You just enjoy the ski trip (looks like you will have plenty of snow). I will be running in warm Florida!

IrishBlue said...

Chris,
I can't really say it better than Petra did. That girl can write. This is indeed very exciting and I'm sure you will do fantastic Chris. Good luck!!

Maddy said...

I am excited for you! I think you are going to have a great race! You have prepared so well!

And I will be following you with text updates! I can't wait!

Susan said...

I, too, am excited for you. I hope you get your desired weather.

Your splits are amazing!

ShirleyPerly said...

Yup, you never know what you're going to get weather-wise at Disney. Hope the weather is cool. I'll be rooting for ya on Sunday. GOOD LUCK!!!

Rural Runner E said...

Marathon Chris,

This is ruralrunnere. Just saw your post on my blog.....good to know a fellow MVC alum. Glad to hear you root hard for your Shockers. Would not want it any other way....we Salukis always root for our team, but we love the MVC fans and teams....especially when they play in the NCAAs and outside of conference.

Wonderful to hear about your cross country experience. I love the Carbondale course too.....maybe we will run into each other on the course sometime in the future.....

Good luck with all that you hope to accomplish in the New Year.

Mike the PCRobot said...

Have fun out there at the marathon!