Sometimes it's hard to imagine those legs can go so fast. Speed work is a miracle worker, I tell ya. If you're not incorporating speed work regularly into your training, it can make a world of difference. It can be scary at first, but after a few weeks you'll start to see a difference and appreciate the extra push.
I don't know what exactly I'll be doing this weekend, but I know I have options. We have plans to meet up with the manfriend and a few new friends tonight for drinks, a "long run" that is 10 miles (seems short compared to those marathon distances), maybe test out a new hard core yoga class, watch the Duck football game, clean the house, make one of those stuffing recipes I've been eyeing in my Cooking Light magazine...
For now though, I can't complain over a more relaxed schedule. I'm still packing my weeks full of exercise, but running a bit less and taking this half marathon training pretty lightly. I guess that's why I love to race marathons that double as a race and a vacation. The motivation to be train hard is doubled because you're putting some serious planning and $$ into it.
Things that are making me feel like I need to sign up for a race:
- NYC Marathoners galore
- friends signing up for sweaty endeavors
- Foodbuzz bloggers invading San Francisco
- Lauren Fleshman debuting at the New York Marathon
- oh and the fact that I don't have my next marathon picked out
If I could choose to do any, I'd pick either New York, Cincinnati Flying Pigs or Nike Women's Marathon. What's the top race on your list of "must do's?"
Now who wants to sponsored a big city-lovin', food obsessed, running blogger to hit up one of these races in your name? Any takers? It's okay, I'll wait...