I'm still here! It has been a busy week with tons of grading as it is the end of the quarter and I also started a new grad class that looks like it's going to be a lot of work. I've been getting it all done, though, and I'm still running, too.
Tomorrow starts the 18-week training plan for the Sugarloaf Marathon, and today was a marathon-training kick off run with this brave and bundled crew:
Ashley and Libby are training for their first half marathon, Tom and Rachel are training for their first full marathon, and Roger, my friend and running coach, is training for his, um, like, 25th marathon? Ashley and Libby are my students, Tom and Rachel are my former students, and Roger is dad to Libby and Rachel. Did you get all that?
Today is also Ashley's 18th birthday so I made her run with a tiara over her hat.
We are all running the Sugarloaf full marathon or the 15K, and we wanted to get in a training run together before Tom and Rachel went back to college. So... we had planned to run this morning and I was proud of us for doing it considering it was 0 DEGREES. None. Not one degree. In fact, with the windchill, I don't even want to know what the temperature was.
It was very painful for the first half mile, and then I swear to you, I warmed up and it was lovely to be out in that cold, crisp air. The sun was bright, no one was out on the roads, and it felt so good. I had hand and foot warmers and 4 top layers, and I was perfectly comfortable. My Garmin FROZE and wouldn't work, so I don't know our pace but these guys are all faster than me, so I think we ran at a decent clip. We ran 4.5 miles, just enough to justify going out for breakfast after.
Marathon Training day -1. Check!
I am feeling excited to be on plan starting tomorrow. I'll keep you posted on how this training cycle goes. Now, more coffee!