Today I had 21 miles on the schedule, so I got my butt moving early as I didn't want to be out there during the heat. Last night I downloaded a podcast from Running with the Pack and some new music. All I did was search for running podcasts and that one came up so I downloaded 5 episodes. Talk about making the time fly!
The podcast features Allan and Jeff. Allan is an almost 40 year old middle of the pack runner. Jeff is a 40-something already qualified for Boston runner, yet not super fast yet. The two of them entertained me for over 3 hours today talking about my favorite subject, running! I downloaded random episodes not going in any order. I wanted to make sure they talked about subjects I was interested in. So I listened about the Disney Marathon, Ultramarathon Man (Dean Karnazes), goals, beginner triathlons, and fitting running into your everyday life. I swear I was reading blogs for those 3 hours. I could relate to many aspects of their life from Weight Watchers to vegetarianism, to just trying to be a faster runner. If you haven't listened to a podcast yet, I highly recommend you download one of theirs, you will be surprised at how fast time will go.
In terms of my run, it was pretty easy for the most part. I woke up with a little achiness under my knee, so I was a little worried, but I didn't notice a thing while I was running. Miles 1-18 flew by. 18+ was entering new territory for the season, so I obviously knew it would be tougher. It didn't help that I had to go to the bathroom so I avoided my last gel as I didn't want to upset my body anymore. Well I started hitting the wall with 2 miles to go and my pace dropped above 10 minute mile pace. I will never skip a gel again. I didn't feel dead, I just wasn't moving as fast as I wanted for those last 2 miles. And my body still wasn't happy with me at the end and I was running for the bathroom. Heat isn't fun on long runs. My average pace was still 9:36, so under my long run pace of 9:45, so I was happy with my results. And I know I could have finished another 5 miles, so I didn't overdo myself at all. That brought my week to a total of 68 miles, a huge mileage PR for me. I honestly never thought I could run 68 miles in one week, but I did and I am still standing to talk about it.
Finally, this morning I signed up for the Baystate Marathon which is in Lowell, Massachusetts on October 18th. Yeah, 2 weeks after Twin Cities. My sister chose this as her first marathon as long as I would run with her. She knew I was going to try and qualify for Boston at Twin Cities, so that was out for her first. So I am going to run whatever pace she wants for that marathon. Running Baystate will qualify me for the Marathon Maniacs. I missed it by like a week last year when I ran 3 in like 100 days instead of 90, so I have been trying to find back-to-back marathons that would work for a while. If I don't qualify for Boston at Twin Cities, I am eying a winter marathon, possibly the California International Marathon which has a high qualifying rate, but we will see. One marathon at a time.