Yesterday was a big day for me. It was a big day for V, too, as she ran her first half marathon with me. And that was after we ran a 2.62 mile race!
First, the numbers. 2.62 miles in 29:07, followed by 13.1 miles in 2:00:34. The half marathon time is 41 seconds slower than my best result. On the one hand, I could look at that and say, “I’m not really improving.” On the other hand, my training regimen these last two months has been very race-heavy, running six half marathons in 78 days. Before that first half marathon, I hadn’t run any half marathons. Yesterday’s effort was the first time I’d ever run that far, extending my best non-walking effort by 2.62 miles.
The course also had three times the climb as my personal best.
Can you tell I was cold? Another race with winter-like conditions. I think it was 27 degrees Fahrenheit when the first race started. Thankfully, very little in terms of wind, so that made it a little better.
I’m at a transition point now. I don’t have any more races scheduled between now and Patriot’s Day. That puts the marathon 133 days from now. Just over four months to go.
I’m also just over half way through my planned training. As of this moment, I’ve walked or run 687.9 miles so far. Looking at my schedule, I have 664.8 miles left on the training plan. That’s a lot of miles! I did half of them in eight months, and now I need to do the other half in the next four months. It’s time to ramp up the volume. January through March I will be averaging roughly 160 miles a month!
I’m also very near to a significant fund-raising milestone. My official total (the amount received so far by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) is now sitting at $2,846.20. Less than $160 to the three thousand dollar mark. Can’t help but wonder who will push me over the top there… If you haven’t given yet, now’s a good time to consider making a donation. Thanks again for helping eliminate blood cancer!