I can officially check off my first week of marathon training! Woot!
A photo from our hills run on Wednesday (yes, we also ran up and down those stairs just for kicks):
I've recently returned from my scheduled 9 mile run this morning in the rain. Ok, I didn't schedule the rain, but I suppose it scheduled me. I got up and out the door early enough that I managed to stay ahead of most of it. At precisely mile 3.63, I met up with Scarlet and Mel for a brisk 3 mile loop around the NE Fremont area (coffee shops, restaurants, and cafes galore) before turning down Alameda (lovely windy street through the NE neighborhoods) for the last 3 miles back home.
Our pace slowed a bit when we all met up for the 3 mile loop together and I still managed a 10-minute pace overall so I must have been trucking it for the first and third portions of it. I'm hoping to average a 10-minute pace on all of my long runs this season so that maintaining an 11-minute pace at the Vancouver BMO marathon sounds almost like a walk in the park.
Yes, perhaps I'm straying from the traditional Higdon or Galloway method of the 60-90 seconds slower than MP (Marathon Pace) for the Long Run. HOWEVER, I just can't imagine feeling good about pacing myself faster on the marathon than on any of my long runs. Also, read this article for fun.
I attended my weight watchers meeting with two co-workers this week. I avoided the weigh-in though because I wasn't up for facing the scale (as a Lifetime member now, I only have to weigh in once a month). The room was absolutely packed with people signing up to sign away their holiday poundage. My strength training class on Thursday was crammed as well with new faces alongside all of the regulars. I give the holiday hangover crowd 8 weeks and then maybe I can have my gym back.