T-minus 10 and counting. We're down to the last 10 weeks before Boston - technically still base building, but in my periodization plan we're getting close to the time where I will start fine tuning by throwing in some extra midweek pace runs.
Training has been derailed somewhat by all my travel of late, but I am now home for a few weeks in a row. I will be in Little Rock, AR at the end of the month, but the hotel I am booked at has free access to the 24 hour fitness next door, so that is a great chance to start throwing in some cross training in the final month before Boston.
From here on in, I have a lot of 20 milers planned. These are mostly psychological - I seem to run better on race day the more 20 milers I have under my belt.
Saturday February 11th
5am, 38F and windy. Kind of a low energy day - a weird kind of "nothing" run. I did 20 miles in 2:55:23 (8:46 average) which was fine. I never bonked, but never dropped into the groove either. Got lucky and Clea jumped in for the first 11 miles - long runs are so much easier with company. Then had an uphill slog against the wind for most of the rest of the run. Ah well, no big deal - it's another 20 miles in the books.
Sunday February 12th
5:30am, 29F and breezy. Lovely cold morning for a nice relaxed recovery run. Ran the Danish route backwards - 7 miles in 59:58 (8:34 average).
11:30am, 30F and sleeting. A trail run at Walnut Creek with Gavin, my 6 year old - such fun. 3 miles of tearing around the trails pretending to be Robin Hood and the Sheriff, followed by playing tag at the playground, then a retreat to a toasty warm car and home for hot chocolate.