Wow! I’ve finally had the consistent mileage that I’ve been striving for. I ran 51.5 miles in September, for a whopping 11 hours, 29 minutes and 53 seconds. I put together four weeks of consistent mileage, and those runs were longer. I also got up to 13.75 weekly mileage two weeks ago, which I’ll probably stick with for a few weeks before I start trying to increase again.
Now I really feel like I have a consistent base and a more specific plan leading up to CIM. I’m feeling confident and comfortable in my running. I don’t know that I’ve ever felt this comfortable running. Now if I could speed it up a little… but that will come.
This week I cut back my mileage and next week I’m starting a smartcoach plan that I got through Runner’s World. Now that I have consistent mileage I was able to plug in my info and get a plan that goes along with my current training. I prefer to have a plan so then I don’t have so much guesswork when I’m trying to decide how I want to structure my week. This plan will also vary my distances more than I was doing.
I’m looking forward to getting new shoes this weekend. My current shoes have a bit over 241 miles on them. Shoes are supposedly supposed to last from 300 to 500 miles, but 250 is usually my limit. I think its because I’m heavy and I’m slow, so I spend more time in the shoes and wear them out faster. But this pair has served me well for 10 months.
I’m also looking forward to the Literacy Run 5K on Sunday. I think I can do better in this 5K. I know I can do better. The weather will be much nicer than it was for my last 5K (high of 55 on Sunday, vs. high of 82 and very humid on Aug. 21). Not to mention I’m running better and I will get to this race on time!
CIM is 9 weeks from this weekend. The Berbee Derby is 8 weeks from today. I’m getting excited!