It felt great to finish my longest run of the training program this weekend. I am very tired, and a little sore, but overall things are going well. So, now I am at the point where I need to work on some speed and replenish what the long runs have taken out of me and work towards my 4 hour goal. I felt that to attain this goal I would have to be able to run 20 miles in 3 hours, and I was able to do that today. I had to push my speed on the last 7 miles to a point where I would not have been able to sustain it for another 6.2.
It occurred to me while I was running today that there really is a lot that goes into the logistics of marathon training. There is this little ritual of making sure that toe nails are clipped to wearing the right socks/underwear/dry fit shirt to getting all of my water together to figuring out what I am going to eat prior to the run. Then, when I get home, being able to rally for a couple of toddlers who are eager for my attention and love. I am grateful for the support of my wife, who is part of the Marathon Mamas group. She has been very supportive of my goals, and I can’t imagine training for a marathon without a supportive partner.
So, to anyone else out there who is preparing for a race, I hope that things are going well for you. While I can’t say that this training has been without setbacks, I think that I am at a point where I can achieve the goal that I have set.