I’ve nearly reached the halfway point in my training for the Philadelphia Marathon. So far things have gone well. I’ve managed to keep up with all of my runs and the exercises my coach gave me when I started training.
Getting close to the halfway point means one thing, heavy mileage and the toughest part is right around the corner. Last week was a recovery week but this week I am back to regular training. That will include my first run over 21 km in a long time.
My next race is also upcoming. In a week from this Sunday I will be doing my next race. That of course will be the Army Run half-marathon. That race will bring a different challenge as I am scheduled to pace a 1:35 race which is my goal pace for the marathon. I am looking forward to this one, you may recall that last year I was scheduled to do the same thing and sprained my ankle about one week before the race.
Following that I don’t yet have a ace scheduled for October but I am planning to look at 10 km and half-marathon options in the area that would fit into my schedule. The idea there being giving myself a final test of my fitness before I head to Philadelphia in November. I will make the final decision based on discussion with my coach and what options fit best into my schedule.
For now I am feeling positive about my training so far. Of course, as mentioned, the toughest work is yet to come over the next few weeks. That will be the real test of where I stand before the marathon.