Yesterday was my last 19 mile run for my marathon training! I was sick all week with a nasty stomach bug, so it was my hardest long run so far. I was over the nasty bug when I did the long run, but I had only been better for a day. My nutrient stores were very low. Let's just say that I got a great mental workout. I wanted to quit from mile 1. If that doesn't prepare me for hitting the wall, nothing will. I also discovered the best running fuel (to eat during a run) ever! I will be posting it soon. I completed the run yesterday though, and I am so excited to be done with the worst of the training!!!
To celebrate this milestone, I decided to post a picture of my training schedule. Well, it is the last 7 weeks of my training schedule. It is nothing fancy, but it sits there on the fridge and motivates me every time I see it. I have actually been training consistently for about 15 weeks. Before that I was building mileage to get ready for the training. So, here is what my last 7 weeks has been like.
The numbers are miles, "cross" is cross training for one hour, and "R" is rest. Three weeks left folks! I am so excited and very, very, very nervous.
I follow Hal Higdon's Guide. Just google "Hal Higdon's Marathon Guide" and you will find it. I tweak it a little (ok, a lot) so that it is more customized for me. He has a marathon guide for beginners, intermediate and advanced. He also has some great half marathon guides as well. I have used it for the past three marathons. This is the first time I have used the intermediate plan though, and it is pretty crazy.
On another note, we have had some visitors lately that I have failed to blog about.
Last weekend my friend Katie and her family came for a few days while they put some offers in on some homes here. The kids played their hearts out, and as always, it was awesome to be able to be with my best friend and talk, talk, talk. Again, I didn't get a picture. oops!
This weekend, Ben's dad came for a few days. It was a last minute visit, and we were so grateful that he came to see us. The boys went to Cabellas while Mary and I were at her meet. We all went to dinner. He and Ben also went shooting. It was fun for everyone to see Grandpa Lonnie.
We have been so blessed with a full house and a full guest room since we have been here in Utah. Such a change from the last three years of our lives. It is wonderful!
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