I have still been waking up early to run in the morning, which I don't like but am getting used to. I don't think I will be waking up at 5:30am tomorrow or Sunday though to run like I did last weekend though. The weather is supposed to be considerately cooler than last week which means I'll be able to run in the late morning, which I prefer on weekends. I love the hot weather, but I don't like running in it. So part of me hopes it cools down next week so I can go back to running after work, and part of me wants it to stay hot. =)
Yesterday I was up at 4:30am to run 5 miles. I didn't leave the house until about 4:45, but I thought that was pretty good. I have been trying to eat an egg before I run and gulp down some water. I am not willing to wake up any earlier just so I can eat more and drink some coffee and water . . . and then let it all go through my system, so I figure as long as the runs are very long, I can get away with an egg and a little water. When I run 3 miles in the morning, I don't always eat anything. I try to drink some water, but I figure 3 miles isn't that far, and I can get away with no food. So far I haven't had any issues.
After running 9 miles on Sunday, I was a little worried how my feet would feel later in the week. I have noticed when I have aches in my feet, it's often 2 or so days after my runs. I haven't had any issues all week. I've been rolling them regularly (speaking of, I should do that now) so maybe that is why I haven't had any issues. Even today after running 17 miles already this week (I have another 3 scheduled for tomorrow) they aren't bothering me. This makes me feel really good about my chances of actually being able to run the marathon.
Last year at this time I was training for the same marathon in October, using a much more rigorous training schedule, and I had to give up the training and marathon about this time, maybe a few weeks later. Of course, last year I was running 5 days a week, 5 miles a day with one long run of 8 or so miles, so somewhere between 25 and 30 miles a week. And I picked a training schedule that started me off with higher mileage.
This year my training is only 4 days a week. And this week, after almost a month of training, I am only up to 20 miles. It's going to increase, but I think it's a much gentler approach than what I had last year.
Anyway, I'm optimistic about my feet (I've been boarding on pessimistic about it).
|As I typed I rolled my feet. =)|