Last week I wanted to get back to Oklahoma so I could enjoy the sun and 80 degree temps, now it's snowing.
I had a good week of running after last Sunday's little breathing problem. Monday I hit the treadmill just to get my legs loose and did 4 miles. Tuesday I got in some speedwork and Thursday I did a nice 6 mile run.
Saturday I never got out of my pajamas. I smelled, my hair was a mess, I had on the same clothes for over 24 hours. It was wonderful! I think the dog was disgusted by me.
Today I ran with the OKC Marathon training group on the Edmond hills. This is one of my favorite runs. It is close to my house so I can sleep in a few extra minutes and it's all rolling hills which really paid off last year.
Today, however, I did not have a good run. I felt like the Tinman. I started off running with stiff legs and ended up running with, well, stiffer legs. I never found my stride. I was pounding the ground so hard that I was looking for cracks in the pavement. This has happened before but I've never figured out what causes it. I came home and got in an ice bath immediately to try and stave off any potential swelling that I may have caused. I guess we'll see how tomorrow goes.
I'm hoping to increase my mileage this week. I suppose that's a good idea given that I only have 4 weeks until the marathon. Probably too late but we'll see. Speaking of the marathon, this is as good a time as any to tell you about my plans. Anyone ever been to Ft. Collins CO? Well, I've been invited to run that marathon with a big group from the running club. It looks AWESOME! It's all downhill but only a slight grade and it follows a beautiful little river running out of the mountains. They limit the entries to about 800 so it won't be crowded. The flights are only $69 each way. I've got a free room. How could this get any better? Only 1 little problem. It's the week after the OKC Memorial Marathon. So what's a boy to do? I can't miss my 3rd OKC marathon and I can't turn down such a great deal and good marathon. So I'll do both!
This will be my first attempt at running back to back marathons and it could go very badly. I also have to give up any dreams of running a PR at either marathon but that's OK since I don't feel I'm in the kind of shape I need to be anyway. I'll shoot for a PR this summer maybe.
I hope everyone has a good week,
Thanks for listening