It started as the desire to complete just one 10K to say I did it. A few weeks into my training, a relationship came to an end and I lost my job. Those training runs quickly became my best friends as I sorted through the losses and uncertainty. Now, more than 4 years, training for 5 half marathons, and one knee surgery later, the challenges I have taken on in running have helped me understand that I can take on, and conquer, whatever lies in my path ahead.

Monday, November 12, 2007

I'm baaa-ack!

Not sure anyone will even check here anymore.

After logging a grand total of 5.5 miles for the whole month of October, I'm ramping up for a Dec. 8 half marathon. Yikes. Such is the price to be paid for buying a fixer upper and having a moving deadline. The real test was Sunday's 8 mile run. I figure if I can get to that long run in 2 weeks, I've got a shot at making it to 13 in the time I have.

Went out quite unprepared - no water, a new trail that turned out not to be marked well with mileage, no hat, no gum.... But it was an exquisite fall day and the scenery kept my mind off the lack of preparation, while the mile markers that were there let me do a pretty good job of estimating my pace and the distance.

Finished in 1:18:57. Little twinging in my left knee which I chalk up to increasing mileage so quickly.

This week, I should hit 20 miles. We shall see.


Viv said...

Glad your back Thorny!! You can do it...If you can go 8 completly unprepared my goodness you can rock 13. Oh, and .1 LOL!

Teresa said...

Hey Thorny! I keep checking on you cause I knew you'd be back!

For being unprepared, you finished in a great time! I'm sure you'll be fine for the half.

Tammy said...

Welcome back!

Sounds like you're gonna be fine for the Half!