I started training mid-July and ran 41 miles in the month. For August, I ran a total of 102 miles. This is the first summer since high school cross country (7 years ago) that I made myself run consistently in the summer. I hate the heat, the humidity, I get itchy when I sweat a lot - there's just not much about summer running that I like. But I keep telling myself it's just for a few more weeks and then I will be rewarded with fall running - the GREATEST season for running. We had a break from the humidity last week and it was glorious. I thought maybe fall would show up a bit early…but this week we're back to the humidity and 90+ degree days. Ugh. My marathon is in November though and temperatures are usually between 40 and 60 degrees - cue the person raising both hands in celebration emjoi (it's official title according to emojipedia). It will come!
As for the running part of marathon training, it's gone as well I'd like it to right now. For the first few weeks I wasn't sticking to my running days too well but I finally learned that if I plan my life around my runs instead of the other way around I actually get my runs done. The best way for me to do this is waking up and running before work. Sure when my alarm goes off I'm like:
I got a camelbek this past weekend because the thought of being without water during a 14 to 20 mile run scared me. It's not easy to run faster to get somewhere with water when you're dehydrated. I ended up getting a kids one - I thought mini just meant it was a small - but it fits well and doesn't bounce around. The only annoying part was hearing my water slosh around but I eventually tuned it out. It has 2 big pockets that I can stick my food, fuel, pepper spray and chapstick in.
And that's about all the ramblings I can think of. Over the next 8 weeks I'll be running the "big" long runs..14, 16, 18, 20 so I'm hoping they go okay! My goal for the marathon is just to finish so I'm hoping to just finish these long runs. The famous 20 mile run will be the weekend after my birthday (it's on a Tuesday this year boo) but we all know that runners welcome having a big running milestone near their birthday - extra celebration!