We're still experiencing late summer here in Michigan, which is very, very unusual. We've been known to get a few snowflakes in October!
The unusually good weather has been a blessing for my training this summer. I didn't have a single weekend that was a rainout this year. Amazing!
Last week I got back into my routine at the gym, after two weeks of NO exercise (and too much carb-binging) due to the cold/cough that seems to be going around. Last Sunday I ran 2 miles for the Apple Run, just to get back into the swing of things.
But I had my sights set on 10 miles today, and then the full 13.6 next weekend, before the weather changes.
I felt good today (although there more than the normal amount of nose-blowing). So the more I ran, the more I started thinking about just getting the 13.6 out of the way today, instead of counting on good weather next weekend. I really, really wanted to finish up my outdoor training by hitting the Magic Number, before heading back indoors to the dreadmill.
SO I DID IT!! 13.6 miles today! A half marathon!!
It wasn't easy. There was a lot of alternating walking and running the last three miles. But I was going to do it no matter how long it took. But it definitely wasn't easy.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that I finished in 3 hrs, 23 minutes -- which gives me a 7-minute cushion from getting swept in January. Hopefully with more cardio training the rest of the year, I'll be able to shave off a few more minutes of time.
But my goal is JUST TO FINISH! And now, I believe I can do it, as long as I am well, and eat right, and get enough sleep the night before ... oh, you know all those IFs!
Jeff W -- I want the BIG MEDAL!! YAY!!!!!