I finished up Week 10 sure that I was going to drop down to the Austin Half instead of the full marathon, and I finished up Week 11 with the fire reignited and trying to figure out if I can run the marathon after all…
Monday – Rest (travel day)
Tuesday – Jasyoga hip/glute strength and stretching
Wednesday – 4 miles before November Project happy hour
Thursday – 3 miles at the Austin Marathon happy hour run
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 14 miles
Sunday – 3 miles + Goat Yoga!
TOTAL – 21 miles
Week 11 ended with a three-day trip to Big Bend National Park, on the border with Texas and Mexico – full recap coming soon!
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 9 mile bike ride at sunset
Wednesday – 4 miles
Thursday – Rest
Friday – Rest (8 hour drive to Big Bend National Park!)
Saturday – 6 mile hike in Big Bend National Park
Sunday – Big Bend 10K Trail Race
TOTAL – 10.5 miles (uhhh…woops)
So yeah, 10.5 miles in one week really isn’t enough mileage, but I did do a long bike ride and long hike in addition to that. Being with the big group of runners in Big Bend really inspired me to try the Austin Marathon after all, and led me to an important perspective shift. I really haven’t been training to the level that I know is necessary for marathon training, so I certainly wouldn’t be going for a PR, but one friend reminded me that every marathon teaches you something, and you can learn from every experience of that kind. It might be worth my while after all.
So now I’m thinking that I’m going to go for a PR at the 3M Half Marathon this weekend, and if that goes well, I’ll try for a 20-miler the following weekend. If that goes well, I’ll run the Austin Marathon just for the experience, not for a PR.
I feel like I am ready to become a 3x marathoner…I just hope my legs are ready too!
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