3.5 months down. 1.5 months to go! The big race is rapidly approaching, and the stats keep building:
Training Days: 3 (To Date: 47)
Rest Days: 4 (To Date: 51)
Body Weight: 151 (Net Gain/Loss: -9)
Running Days: 3 (To Date: 37)
Running Miles Logged: 43.4 (To Date: 389.2)
Average Run: 14.5 (Short = 6.7, Long = 30)
Week 14 was a pivotal one in several ways. My weekly mileage total has been in the 30s for weeks, and at last, I've kicked over into the 40s. In addition, after knocking on the door of the 30-mile threshold in a single run for weeks as well, I finally did it. On Saturday, I pulled off a 30-mile trail run. (Strictly speaking, this is also the first time I've officially run a marathon, 26.2 miles) Yahoo! What's more, it felt pretty darned good. Granted, the elevation gain was fairly modest, but I still cranked out the run at a 10:30 per mile pace (in just under 5 hours 15 minutes), about 1.5 minutes per mile faster than my target race pace. Of course I was exhausted at the end of the run, but I was still able to function as a human being, and even chase Marin around the house that afternoon. The next day I wasn't sore at all, save for a bit of tightness in my hamstrings and a wee bit of soreness in my knees.
It's remarkable to think that a few short months ago I was running 3 or 5 miles at a time, and now I'm running 30 miles at a stretch, and basically doing a marathon every weekend, plus training during the week. I don't mean this as a boast. I'm truly amazed by it...to see how far I've come and just what my body and mind can handle. I'm also hoping that by sharing not just my probable success at the upcoming race, but also the progress I make training along the way, that I can inspire you - especially the newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease and other gluten-related conditions - to show just how strong your body can become once it heals on a gluten-free diet.
Unfortunately, on the fundraising front, I have no news to report. I received no donations this past week in support of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. Please take a moment to visit my fundraising page, and make a donation today! They're a great organization with a great mission and a great cause that benefits all of us here at NGNP. Thanks!