Training: One Month to Go

Nike Women’s Marathon: Coming Soon

Looking east from the top of the hill.

Nike is in less than a month, you guys. One month. I can’t quite explain how that makes me feel. On one hand, I won’t have to be waking up at 5:00 AM every Saturday morning. Yay! On the other hand, there’s something to be said for routine and rhythm. I know damned well that the half marathon will come and go and I will not continue to run, because I’m simply not self-motivated enough to make that happen. And maybe that’s ok.

Maybe for the first month I should just focus on the kiddo and getting to his soccer games on time. Chances are good that the other parents would appreciate it if I don’t show up in my sweat-soaked workout clothes, too.

Last weekend was our next-to-last long run, 10 miles for me. On Tuesday night, our coach wanted to get us off the track and onto soft dirt, so we ran the hills above our valley.

My Team.

The trail begins a mere two miles from one of the busiest intersections in the valley. You park at the trailhead, push back the cattle gate and go up, up, up to a rolling course surrounded by cows, calves and the most surprising silence.

We watched the sun set as we descended back to the parking lot, our legs spent from the effort of the recent days’ runs. And then we gorged ourselves at Chipotle. Hey, a girl’s gotta eat, right?

I’ve been doing a lot of reflection on this season, the slow start due to my IT band followed by my can-I-really-do-this zero-to-OMG increase in miles one month in. I think of all of the places we’ve run: the paved streets, the hilly trails and the way-out-there wilderness locations. Running with Team in Training has introduced me to these amazing gems of places that I’d never know existed, and certainly wouldn’t attempt to run on my own, sight unseen. Every season, I see someplace new.

I’ve been logging my auto miles for my accountant (as a Team in Training staff volunteer, I can get the practically nonexistent mileage deduction), and discovered that by the end of the season I will have driven a mind-blowing 1,254 miles around the bay area. If only I was capable of running that far!

How many weeks until your next race?

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