Today’s marathon training schedule called for five easy miles as a recovery run from yesterday’s hill repeats. It was another warm and humid day, but that didn’t seem to hamper the spirit of today’s run. Actually, I realized that spirit halfway through the run. It wasn’t any profound thought or memory, no earth changing idea. What I realized was that my training has become very mechanical recently. Some may view this as a negative, but I tend to think it is a very powerful positive attribute. It is these very routine, mechanical runs that I hope to fall back on when the race pace seems impossible to continue any further during the marathon. Repeating those training trials and avoiding training mistakes is what I hope will lead me to finishing in a Boston Marathon qualifying time next month.
Today’s run was 5.03 miles in 39:29 or 7:51/mile pace. I’m hoping a cooling trend over the next few days will spell an end to the hot temperatures here lately. Cooler temperatures will be welcomed as the rest of the week has a 50 minute tempo run, 10 mile run at marathon race pace, and a 20 mile run.