August came to an end this weekend, and as I look at my mileage for the month, I’m a bit in awe. I managed 94 miles this month. If I wouldn’t have postponed my long run into September, It would have been my 2nd 100+ month ever. My first one? Last September while training for the marathon. It gives me a little reassurance of what’s to come in the following couple months. I certainly don’t feel like I’m on par with last year, but I must be. Secretly, this was my intention with keeping to half marathons. My long run never gets so long that I feel like I need an extra day of rest. I’m (almost) always ready to put in a few miles each day.
Romeo 2 Richmond is less than two weeks away. The closer it gets, the further I feel from finishing under 2 hours. This Monday I ran 12.5 miles and it took me 2:15. Somehow I need to go another 0.6 in 15 minutes less. It sounds impossible, but maybe with adrenaline and well-rested legs, it can be done. I’ve told myself if by mile 7, it doesn’t look likely, I’ll hold back and play it safe. I have another shot 5 weeks later in Detroit.
I signed up for a 10k in between the two races. Run the Pointe is a fundraiser for my local high school’s athletic booster, Its right down the street, so its hard to say no. After Detroit comes the Detroit Turkey Trot and it looks like they are finally trying to take care of some serious issues that the race has had in the past. No longer will the 5k and 10k start together. This year, the 10k starts an hour before the 5k and if you choose, you can opt for the Drumstick Double challenge, which is to do the 5k immediately following the 10k.
Winter Fat Ass?
Lets jump right over Fall and talk Winter. Why aren’t there many half marathons in the winter? It seems like Jingle Bell runs stop at 10K. Talking with some of the GP Runners, I think we may need to set up a Fat Ass run this December. Would anyone be interested?