Well, it’s bad. Consistently. I have been known to plow into the occasional mailbox, lake and sport utility vehicle. But that’s a story for another day.
I also run badly. Meaning, I am not good at running. (Don’t you hate it when people say “badly” when they should be saying “bad?” Me too.)
I do run better than I drive (although the mailbox thing is still a risk).
In 16 days, we will find out just how badly.
I’ve pretty much ignored all the guidelines…
- You should be running at least 20 miles a week going into marathon training.
- Don’t set lofty mileage goals you can’t fulfill.
- Start gradually and work your way up.
- Cross-train to stay in shape and aid recovery
Here’s what I’ve been up to during the last month (click to enlarge):
The “Feeling” section went from “Blah” to “Alright” just yesterday. I think that’s a noteworthy achievement.
Looking back, I wish I could have gotten in a few more higher-mileage runs in September. Germany threw me off a little. (Not complaining!)
I wish I just had one more week so I could run 20 miles. C’est la vie, eh?
I ran five miles last night and felt pretty durn good, except it was freaking windy and I hate hate hate the wind. Between a 70°F/sunny day and a cool but windy day, I might just choose sunny. I know, I know. I saw all you people all over the road in Chicago. But still. My running ability is precarious at best. I’m susceptible to even the slightest obstacle.
So I’m running and I’m thinking, how the hell can the wind be blowing at me from EVERY direction? HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE? It matters.
But I am seeing progress. I may not be all that much faster, but the same pace feels less difficult than it did a few months ago. And I think that’s a really important improvement.
In other news? I need a beer.