7 weeks of marathon training down, $2,203 raised for Autism Speaks, and many miles run! Woo! This week I actually managed to get all my weekday runs in! I have always run three days a week in the past, but this training plan calls for four days a week. I was initially nervous my lame ass legs wouldn't be able to handle the extra day, but it's been going great! You know you're training for a marathon when you're in bed, in running clothes, with taped up IT bands at 9:30pm Friday night...
Yep, I sleep in my running clothes. And I tape those ITBs the night before--it helps the tape stick waaaay better. Oh, and you know you're a TEACHER marathoner when you're in bed at 9:30 reading a children's book!
My little pace group joked about how we think we should get a medal for every distance we run from now on because, honestly, come on, we've earned it. And who doesn't love a good medal? :) This week we made it through a long run of 12 miles together. I woke up Saturday morning pre-run to sub-60 degree weather--WHAT?!? Shut the front door, crazy Chicago weather! I even busted out my arm warmers and word them for the first few chilly miles! This run went really well, although I am having some issues with the arch on my left foot--tight tight tight! I think it is just that I have been running in a new pair of shoes--same make and model as my old ones, but I think they really feel best after they have at least 50 miles on them. Today I tried out a new pair of running shorts:
These are Nike Pro shorts that I bought to wear under my Team Sparkle skirt at next week's half marathon. I am a loyal Nike Tempo shorts girl, so I was a little reluctant to try these guys--I was worried the elastic waist would give me some muffin top action and that the legs would ride up. However, I was pleasantly surprised! The waistband was SUPER comfy and the shorts didn't move around at all. I still think the Tempo shorts are more comfortable--love the free and liberating feeling :). But, I will definitely run in these guys from time to time.
After the long run, I hit up, you guessed it, Jimmy Johns. Cannot get enough veggie subs and salt and vinegar chips these days! The great thing about running longer on Saturdays is that I no longer have to wait for Jimmy Johns to open after I finish running--it's already after 10 by the time I'm home! Woohoo!
How is your summer training going?