A brief recap of what I've learned during this past week's training:
(1) Ankles are a surprisingly sensitive area of the body.
(2) 8 miles are a LOT harder to run through than 7. Running into a giant spider web does not help make the distance any easier.
(3) Nothing helps haul one's bum into gear like dropping $88 in registration fees to run a half marathon through the city of Baltimore. (October 10th if anyone wants to cheer me on!)
(4) Motivation to run is hard to come by after a full day of work and crappy weather conditions. Is this part of the mental wall I've heard so much about?
This week is my "easy" training week, which I think means I don't have to run too many runs before this weekend's long run. We'll be running with the team that's training for the Baltimore full marathon (also Oct 10th, so they're doing a 20mi run), so this will be the first time I get to practice eating goo and stopping for water/hydration breaks during a run. I've heard some fairly entertaining tales about varying levels of success people have drinking/eating while running, so this ought to be interesting.
I'll try to take pictures.
Based on comments on my last post, I will definitely be sending SASE with my fliers. If you'd like to help out (and ANY amount will help) please send me your mailing address at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send a flier along post haste.
Thanks, y'all! :) And thanks for all the support!!!