Monday Miles are coming back!
Last week my husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary and my husband gave me a wonderful gift, entry in the 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon. Yes, I am going back! I had been debating doing it again in 2017. A lot of the reason for not signing up were monetary. I was holding off in hopes the marathon would not sell out. I guess now my focus is saving money for travel, hotel and my meals while i’m there.
My finish time earlier this year was anything but good. Then again I rode Expedition Everest in the middle of the marathon and that didn’t help my time. The other thing I had going against me last year was my foot injury from the Rattler Half Marathon. It has been nearly a year now since I injured my foot and I am only now really beginning to run again. Each week I have been getting a little faster and faster. I am hoping by September I will be able to do a half marathon and get a good time to use as my POT for the marathon. Currently my 10 mile time is down to a 13 minute mile average. I need to shave at least 30 seconds off of that. I think it is do-able. Before my injury I was at an 11-12 minute mile. I just need to keep up my training runs. That and keep my diet in check and get/keep my asthma under control.
Speaking of diet. I am still trying to lose the weight I gained training for the marathon in January. My weight loss has been SLOW. Slow is actually an understatement. Currently, I have cut my carbs back, way back. In fact last week I learned during my long run I had cut too much. I had my water, Nuun and gels with me but I was just running out of steam. So I will be adding some back and seeing how it goes. To add this I am taking matters even more in my hands since my primary care doctor hasn’t been all that helpful. The Army has the Army Wellness Program and I will be taking advantage of it soon. I will be going this week for some metabolism testing and then on another day I will be checking out the BodPod. I am really interested about what I will possibly find out. I would rather not gain the weight I have lost back so hopefully they can help me figure out what is going on.
Since the marathon I have continued running. January and February were lighter months for me mile wise but i’m back to my regular milage now. I have continued a long run of a minimum of 10 miles, max of 13 every weekend also. I was the 4 hour pacer for the Mike to Mike Half marathon just a few weeks back and will be a sweeper or 3:30 pacer for several of the Race 13.1 races this year. So I have races I will be doing but I had chosen to pace this year to help allow my foot to heal. I feel I have a strong base built going into training. Much better than last year when I went into training with an injury. I am hoping this will help me out as I start to add distance again.
I have 36 weeks until the WDW Marathon, 22 weeks until I need to submit my Proof of Time (POT). I am ready to get to work!