>Marathon Training: Week 17: One week! and aspirations

>I’m updating from my mom’s computer at their permanent campsite in Galesburg. When we first started camping years and years ago, we had a tent. Then we had a small pop-up. Then we had a bigger pop-up. Then we got a trailer. Then we got a toy-box (to transport the motorcycle, and on our trip to California we used it as the girls’ room). Now they have a trailer with a pull-out, central heating, flat screen and shower big enough for me. I’m not complaining, that’s for sure.

Now. Onto business. This week was actually a good week. I ran three times, twice in Asics Gel-Frantic 5’s… awful for my overpronation. I took them back to Kohl’s and went to Running Central to get fitted yesterday. I had some birthday money to use. I got Brooks Adrenaline GTS:

They feel like heaven. I was fitted for a shoe that would correct the overpronation. In the other Asics, I had major issues with my ankles hurting, and had tightness below my calves. I ran a short three in these this morning and I had no issues at all. I also got a pair of high-quality socks to wear, too.

Monday: 4 miles at the gym
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: 5.12 miles on Prospect and Grandview.. lovely as usual.
Thursday and Friday: rest.. Friday was my birthday and it was a great day!
Saturday: 3.1 miles on Rt. 150 outside the campground. I went without my iPod and loved listening to the birds, wind, and my breathing. I love love love running on country roads. I will miss the fields of Illinois.
Sunday: Gabi and I are slated to do 8 miles

I feel like my mileage this week made up for the crappy mileage from the first week of the taper when I went to the ER for the second time. I’m feeling really good about the marathon, and even if it rains, I don’t care. It’s gonna be a good time. I almost signed up for the I-Challenge, in which you receive three medals: one for doing the 5K Friday night, one for the half or full marathon on Saturday, and one for doing both. However, I’m going to be taking it really easy this coming week and I didn’t want to compromise anything for the race on Saturday.

In just a week we will be marathoners!!!

Speaking of, I found my next marathon. El Paso holds a marathon every year in March, and I’m sure I’ll need almost an entire year to train at 4,000 ft. I think Aaron’s going to run it, too. There’s also a half marathon in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in December. Imagine running a race in comfortable weather in December!

Here’s a pic of Las Cruces:

Um, yes please!

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