My training plan has me scheduled for four 20 mile, 32 km, training runs before the Philadelphia Marathon. Today was the third of those runs.
In order to not take up the entire day with my run the plan was to head out early while everyone was still asleep to get in some mileage before my daughter woke up at which point I would load her in the Chariot to bring her for the rest of the run so my wife could catch a bit more sleep.
My plan started off exactly as planned. I was out the door before 6:00 and managed to get in 12 km before 7:00. When I stopped at home everyone was still asleep so I went out and did a 5 km loop around the neighbourhood before going back home. I stopped in at home a second time and once again everyone was still sleeping so I headed out for another loop of the neighbourhood.
I stopped at home for a third time with 23 km complete. If you have read my blog before you’ll know that my daughter is essentially my training partner on weekends as she accompanies me for most of my weekend runs. It felt weird getting in this much mileage on a long run without her.
This time my daughter had just woken up. I took a break from running long enough to help get a snack and some toys for her to bring along for the final 9 km. It’s probably a good thing that she did not join me earlier in the run as it was cool, rainy and windy for most of that time.
Here are the details on this morning’s run…