I am now on week 9 of training for the Richmond Marathon! And even more exciting, it’s still going well! Well sort of…
I made the decision to skip out on running last weekend. I’m a little bummed to miss out on my 18 mile run, but it was for a good cause! On Friday morning, I got the call from my sister that she was heading into Labor and Delivery, and my niece was going to be born! So, I packed up the car and raced from Virginia to Ohio! I pulled into the hospital parking lot just as my Mom was calling to tell me she was ready to push, and I had better hurry! I was so excited to make it in time, and to have the once in a lifetime opportunity of witnessing my adorable, but BIG (10 lbs!), baby niece enter the world!
Seriously, it was amazing! And isn’t she just adorable?!
I knew I wasn’t going to fit in a 5 mile run on Friday and Saturday, or a 18 miler on Sunday. Instead I soaked up all the time I could with my family, and got back on track this week. I considered trying to fit in extra runs to make up the miles, but I’ve still got two 20 milers, and a 22 before the race. Instead of maybe overdoing it fitting in extra miles, I’m going to just let them go.
Week 8, (after coming back from Ohio) looked like this:
Tuesday – 4 miles
Wednesday – 8 miles
Thursday – 5 miles
Friday – A really great 6 mile run!
Look at those splits! and I really had to talk myself into this run, glad I did!
Sunday was a 13.1 long run. It was slow and achy, and everything felt a little tight. But, I felt great after I was done!
Now onto Week 9! Its a 34 mile week, with a 16 mile long run. I still feel like I may add 2 more to get my 18 in that I missed, (obviously I haven’t completely let that go yet). But we’ll see… 🙂
Lastly, I have a 20 mile run scheduled for the following week, and I’m super excited to have found a (sort of) local 20 miler race. The Stonewall Jackson 20 Mile Ambulance Run.
From what I can tell, its a relatively small race, and lots of fast runners. Me being not so fast a runner, and using it as a training run, with no plans to race it, I imagine I will be towards the back of the pack. But that is OK. I’m just looking forward to having someone else plan my 20 mile route, and checking out the historic sites! Plus, if I’m running 20 miles anyway, I may as well get a t shirt for my troubles. 😉 Mostly though, I am just really happy to have another race to look forward to! Its been too long!
If you miss a training run, do you try to make it up? Or let it go?