Weekly Mileage: 40 miles
Total Mileage: 260 miles
The big news of the week…
…They finally (FINALLY!) resurfaced our street. It has been a summer-long process and before that, its condition was Abysmal.
The reason that this is so very thrilling to me is because the main road in our little neighborhood is a closed oval on the inside (driveways only) that is just about 600 meters around. There is less than a 10 foot elevation change, so in my world, this counts as a private track for speed training.
And before we get into all manner of Meaningful Stuff, if you are not following me on The Twitter, this piece of Truth from @TheRunnerGirls:
Distance runners, are they right? Because if I haven’t napped AND eaten a proper lunch by 1:00 PM on the day of a long run, I am A Monster.
But now, for The Real Truth Of The Week, brought to you by none other than The Hal himself:
That message went straight to my heart this week.
I don’t think I’ve made a secret out of the fact that following this program has been deeply challenging to me.
This plan? Is serious work. It has been exhausting and it has relentless.
I have been fighting a constant war of attrition against my tendinitis and I know with this week’s mileage jump (47 miles), that battle is not going to be won by me.
And I have always very keenly remembered what Dr. Lowin told me in 2011, about five weeks before The Marathon: If you do not enjoy the training, you will not enjoy the race.
To that end, if you are ever wondering whether or not you should action the Hansons Marathon Method, my answer would still be a resounding yes, because in the past 10 weeks, I have run more, more on pace and at higher mileage than I have for the past year, without creating any new injuries for myself. I will absolutely turn to it again, because I do think there is a lot to be said for their science. Especially if you have lived through traditional training methods.
So. Where is this all going?
Bluntly, I am tired of being tired. I am tired of waiting for the other shoe to drop (literally) where my tendinitis is concerned. I am tired of being so tired that I understand why victims of hypothermia go to sleep in snow banks.
I have already run A Marathon this year and it was an incredible, life-giving experience.
And as I thought more about what I am truly excited about doing on Sunday, October 6th, it is always the only thing that I will ever care about on the first Sunday of October, a date that is now forever important to me:
Seeing the cathedral appear from out of the trees as you cross over the hill at the end of the race.
I have spent the entire period of time from April 8th until today working towards some sort of bizarre and self-imposed artificial deadline: That I will work on getting healthy after October 6th. Only then can I take some time to give my poor body, the one that has been perpetually in-training for marathons since the early spring of 2011, Rest.
That is really insane, y’all. Like on scale of 1 to Crazy Train, we are at an “All Aboard!”
So I did the most logical thing I possibly could, given my sole raison d’être, and I bought one of the Community Partner bibs for the Medtronic Twin Cities 10 Mile. Yes, that means that my marathon bib will join the start line in the sky, which is somewhat bittersweet.
But I am really looking forward to that first Sunday in October. I am looking forward to running the race that made me into the marathoner I am today. And I am really looking forward to focusing on what’s actually important in to my running which is resting and getting healthy.
Today, we start fresh.