Just under nine weeks until the 3rd running of the Illinois Marathon, friends and family!
With many of us signed up to run one of the variety of events being held on that weekend, I'm wondering how everyone is doing in their training programs. Are you following a specific program religiously? Are you combining elements from multiple sources and sort of winging it from there? Have you never heard of a training program and are not silently cursing that moment of pure insanity in which you agreed to participate in this Godforsaken event in the first place?
I got a late start on my training program which catapulted me straight into a DOOM FAIL REVERSE TIME continuum. I've altered the first four weeks of the program I'm using and I feel slightly better about the prospect of getting up to the recommended mileage prior to the race on April 30th. Well, I should say I was feeling better until The General gave me the "That race is in two months?" comment with a look of horror chaser. That combination did little to ease my troubled soul.
The program I'm using is Hal Higdon's novice program for the half-marathon, and although it's about as friendly a program for new or returning runners as I've seen out there I'll admit that I'm having a hard time getting in the designated runs during the week. So far the long weekend runs haven't proved too big of an issue (mostly because I haven't been required to push past my PR for consecutive miles run), but the two to three runs during the week are a little more of a challenge. I don't want to get up early to run (I value sleep above glory), at the end of the work day I often just have a focus on getting the girls home to start Phase II of the day, and after the girls are in bed the thought of walking out of a warm house into a cold garage for a multi-mile run on the treadmill is less than inviting. I've quickly decided that the biggest challenge for me thus far is just getting out the door.
So how is everyone else faring?