... for the Maine Marathon. Here's what I did this week...
9/12: 8 miles with 4 faster miles.
9/13: 6 1/4 miles. Memorial Park workers are busy cutting down dead trees because of the drought. This week I watched 2 pine trees being cut down.
I ran with a cute white possum. I did hillwork on the park bridge and the possum ran out from the bushes and just ahead of me down the sidewalk and back into the bushes.
9/14: 8 1/4 miles. After warming up, it was time to start running 5 x 600m, but I was so hot (77°) that I didn't expect much. When my 2nd 600m was faster than my first one, I thought it might be fun to make a game of it. I wondered if I could run each 600m faster than the previous one and I did.
9/15: 5 1/2 miles.
9/16: 15 miles. I ate a vanilla bean Gu gel at the 9.7 mile mark and brought 40 oz. of Gu Brew with me for my other fuel. I felt great today, but had to stop at the restroom, unusual for me. I drank too much today. I need to trust my thirst. I finished the run with a very heavy 10 ounces of Gu Brew left.
Probably because I started easy and very slowly sped up and because it was only 80°, rather than do the I'm-going-to-die-soon-shuffle at the end, I was able to speed up for 4 miles. Wouldn't it be great to do that during a marathon? In my dreams! And now there are only about 2 weeks of dreaming left until the marathon!
Unusual animal sightings this week: possum, raccoon, 2 deer. And I'm not even on vacation!
Top photo: Sequoia National Park Wildflowers July 2011 Vacation