1. Hills are not easy to find in my area. If I drive 1+ hours away, sure. But my normal route in my neighborhood has a grand total of 10 feet of elevation difference between the highest and lowest points. Thus, I have to travel to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in order to get my hill workouts completed. There is a very short, but very fun trail in the middle of the Shrine and I went exploring on it for the first time this week. I made a new discovery: running on trails is significantly harder than running on roads. Especially with hills. Can you say quad burning?
2. I had to take a step back yesterday and give myself some perspective. I’ve been so caught up in life that I didn’t give myself any time to see how far I have come. I’m training for a marathon. That’s a big deal. Seven miles used to be a good long run length for me. Yesterday I ran seven miles as my midweek training run and rocked it. I felt like I could keep going for miles and miles. It couldn’t have been timed any better since I really needed a win after last weekend’s long run.
3. I’m going to jump on the bandwagon here and join the masses in a Throw Back Thursday. Here is a picture of me running down Main St. in Disney during my very first and only marathon to date. It was so cold that year that I couldn’t feel my toes for the first 5 miles and ran with my North Face fleece the entire race. I was under trained, but I finished it. This race is in the back of my mind at all times since I really want to show what I can accomplish when I actually train for a marathon and not just rely on luck and general athleticism.