It sure is fun working up to a marathon!! I really enjoy the challenges of training, the testing of fitness, the goal setting, etc. I think I've trained smarter and harder than ever before. I've got the long runs, speed work, hills, races, and marathon pace runs under my belt. I have two nagging injuries, but they aren't where I can't run. The discomfort goes away after I get started running. I believe this (having nagging aches and pains) to be common among marathoners so I'll not fret. I think I did a stupid yesterday? That 8 mile MP run was not really necessary and I am a little stiff and sore from the effort. However, today my body wanted to get into the groove of MP but I held back! I decided to cut the run short and wound up with 3.3 miles at recovery pace. Tomorrow I will probably do the same thing. Run easy and short. My training is done. Now I need to be fueled and rested.
I think it's important to have goals. I have to aim for something. I want to break four hours. This will require an all out effort on my part. I am not a gifted runner but I am a determined one!
I also think there needs to be a goal after the race, so I've decided to focus on a 5K race in June and then strategize for my next marathon in November. Remember, We are opening our home to anyone who wants to run the Bass Pro Marathon in November. Come on down to the Ozarks!! Peace!!