Well in approximately 4 days, I will embark upon a 26.2 mile run in St. George, Utah... sounds like a lot of fun, huh? Why would anyone want to torture themselves with such a grueling race? I often ask myself that same question.
So, my training started way back in June. At that point in time I couldn't handle running more than 3 miles. Now I can say that I can run 18 miles when it is 85-90 degrees outside (that's a cool morning in AZ). My training has been difficult since the move. Before we left Utah, I could run 15 miles with no problems. My first run here I could barely pull off 3 miles because of the heat and humidity... it was like re-training all over again. Also, Arizona doesn't provide optimal training landsape because it is very flat in the valley. The "mountains" here also look more like hills to me.
Hopefully, race day will go as planned. I hope to complete the marathon in 4 hours or less . My current personal best time is 4 hr. 16 min. I've had some trouble with my arches, but thankfully my knees haven't given me any problems like they have in the past. One thing I'm most excited about is seeing some of my family who are coming down for the weekend... it's only been about a month and I miss everyone so much. Unfortunately, Steve won't be able to come with me since school is very demanding. It is his birthday on Oct. 3rd and I won't be around to celebrate it with him... be sure to wish him a happy birthday!