With less than 5 weeks to go until the Asheville City Marathon, training continues along the right path, and sometimes feels repetitive like riding a carousel. Last week was a shorter distance week for my training plan. This week cranks back up a bit. I managed 4 runs with a busy schedule last week. I ran 24 miles total. That was following a long run of 15 miles that concluded the week prior. Today will start out with a 10 miler, and the week will end with a 17 miler over the long weekend. Overall mileage for the week will likely near 40. I am ready, I feel pretty good. Except the the nagging corn on have on the base of my pinky toe on my right foot. That thing is annoying as hell! I have to dig it up, and cut around it with nail clippers at least once a week. I just don’t think it will truly go away until I take a few weeks off. That is not happening anytime soon.
My mileage for the month of August so far has been right where I want it to be. Following 108 miles in July, I am on track for about 130-140 this month. Before today’s 10 miles, my mileage stands at 94. It makes me feel pretty confident in being able to knock out this extremely busy Fall schedule I have lined up. It all begins with a Half Marathon on 9/21….
Yes, the Johnson Lexus Half is now just 26 days away. This is my next race, and final warm up to my first marathon of the Fall season in Asheville. Thanks to some odd luck, and maybe the planets aligning just right, I am able to spend a few extra days enjoying the mountain city of Asheville on my upcoming trip. Originally I planned on driving up on Friday, hitting the Expo, getting a healthy dinner, waking up the next morning, running the marathon, and then driving the four hours back home. Now the plan is to find better, and more relaxing accommodations, and stay the weekend, returning home on Monday. These plans are still up in the air, trying to nail them down in the next day or two.
Once returning home from Asheville, I will have less than a week to prepare for RunRaleigh Half on 10/6. This is a great course in downtown Raleigh, using nice portions of the greenways. Last time I raced this course, I finished in 1:40:21. Pretty sure I won’t be able to crank out that speed the week following a marathon, but I’ll give it a good go!
Two weeks after that is the Bull City Race Fest. This will be a first time race for me, and should be a lot of fun. This event also includes a Food Truck Rodeo afterward, so how could I pass this one up? Plus, I signed up for this race months ago when it was ultra cheap! I’ve heard the course is pretty hilly, so it should be right up my alley.
Just a week later is another Half Marathon in Wake Forest. Another hilly race, and fun because it is Halloween themed. Last year I ran this race injured, PF flair up, and I am looking forward to running it healthy this year. The racing calendar closes out for the year with a bang! A real one, two punch!!! Two marathons, in 14 days. The Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon….on 11/3.
…..and then the last minute addition to my 2013 calendar, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon on 11/17!
I am so excited for each and every one of these races! I am very pleased with how my body has held up this year with all of the training, and distance racing I have already done. If all goes according to plan, I will wrap up 2013 in Vegas, with 9 Halves, and 5 Full’s. That will exceed my 2013 goal of 13. A real cause for celebration, and a great lead in to 2014. I have my sights set on a few races already in 2014. A Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon here at home on my 44th Birthday, another crack at the Blue Ridge Marathon, and a beach Marathon early in the year. The rest will come into focus soon enough. My concentration now has to be the successful completion of a great year of running for me.
How are you coming along with your 2013 goals? Will you meet or exceed them?
- Marathon # 6 (plaviska1970.wordpress.com)