2006 Miles

My 12 mile lunch run today launched me over 2,000 miles for the year. It's funny how it almost happened unnoticed. I have been semi berating myself over not getting in everything on my Richmond training plan and haven't been taking the time to realize just how impressive what I have put in is in comparison to my past training, and that perhaps I wasn't quite ready for all that the program had to throw at me in the first place. And just because I didn't get in every last recovery run, doesn't discount all of the quality miles and key workouts that I did put in.

I have run over 130 more miles in this training period so far than I did for Boston this year, 250 more miles than I ran all of last year, and 915 more miles than I ran in 2006 (and there are still 2 months left!). No wonder I am a little burnt out and a little crazy about whether or not the goal I have set for myself is achievable most days.

But my 12 mile run today felt fantastic. I was clipping off sub 8s with ease. I'm sure some of that is due to the fact that I took yesterday off and that the weather was so much nicer today than it was yesterday, but really I know it is because all this hard work is paying off and in just over 2 weeks I am hoping it will all pay off big time with a monster marathon PR. I have to trust in my training and know that I have the miles logged to back up my ambitious goal.

Now if I can just hold onto this perspective for two more weeks until I toe the line (taper madness anyone?)! And you can be sure there will be some serious partying and relaxation going on after this marathon. 2000+ miles deserves a little celebration and rejuvenation!

8 comments:

Irene said...

2006 miles and the year isn't over! That's amazing to me! Nice job!

duchossois said...

Keep that positive feeling you've got today for the next two weeks, and you'll be great. Trust your training.
BTW, after reading that you were over 2000 miles, and knowing that we are very similar in our training, I checked mine and I am over 2000 as well. Go us!

Joann said...

It's going to feel good when it pays off in a couple of weeks!

RunBubbaRun said...

Congrats on your 2000+ milestone..

Mike said...

WOW!!! That pretty much says it all! Nice job!

Brian said...

Geez! How long are your lunch breaks : ) Great job on the yearly mileage! Sounds like you're doing what it takes to achieve those goals.

DaisyDuc said...

Girl you looked so strong yesterday...especially next to my sorry wind-sucking butt! Huge numbers and so many quality miles! You are ready to rock Richmond!!!!

IHateToast said...

congrats about the MM. the MMVI, to be exact.