After a couple of days of feeling rather crappy, I actually ran last night.
Yep. You read that right. I did run. And I'm doing pretty good for being earlyish in my training.
I went 4.33 miles in an hour. I walked for 10 minutes, ran for 5, walked for 10, and so on, so my average pace worked out to be 13:57. I'm pretty pleased with that. It means that I will be exactly one minute ahead of the sag wagon--the pace car that is going exactly 15:00 at the rear end of the race. And not counting any breaks, it will take me almost exactly 6 hours to finish the marathon.
The running did tire me out, but 10 minutes of walking gave me ample time to recover before the next burst of running. At the end of the hour, I was tired--but not exhausted.
This is good news. That means if I can maintain this pattern, I should be able to keep a steady pace throughout.
I will see how I do as I move along with my training, but what I might do is try to repeat this exercise for a couple of weeks until I can get through an hour easily, making it my baseline exercise.
And then one or two days a week, depending on how I feel, I'll do longer runs. Like, an hour and a half with this pattern. Two hours. And so on and so forth. The good news is that the weather should hopefully be slightly warmer by the time I get to two or three hour runs, so I can take it out onto the Lakefront Trail. And by then, I should be able to run to [insert location 5 miles away from home] and back in one go.
Also, when the weather gets warmer, I'm getting back on the bike--because I really need to make sure I actually train for Bike the Drive this year, otherwise I think my legs will hate me forever.
I'm feeling better about my prospects.
Although, ideally, I'd like to see if I can finish the marathon in less than 6 hours--so I have ample time to take care of runner's diarrhea if need be, take stretching breaks, and so on. But one step at a time. And that first step will be endurance.
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