Today marks the beginning of the 10th week of my 18 week marathon training schedule. So, I am half way there! It has been a great 9 weeks – building up to 36 miles last week from a start of about 20. I have been self-motivated, healthy, and it hasn’t rained in the morning but one time! My biggest complaint has been blisters, awful blisters, which I have almost solved by taping up each toe before I run more than about 4 miles. My long run last week was 16 miles and I was fine during the run, and I was able to run 4 the next day!
As the days get shorter, darker and colder, I am sure I will have my days where I don’t want to get out of bed. Summit isn’t very well lit in the morning, and at 5:30 am it is black as pitch. The last few mornings I had to use my iPhone flashlight app to see the ground. I also wear my reflective vest so I am visible to cars. Soon it will be cold enough to break out the reflective jacket and gloves.
Another thing that has always helped me stay motivated in the cold weather is running with other people. That is why I organized RunSummit.org. so we can get a core group together and support each other through the cold, dark morning runs! Come join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00am at the Grand Summit Hotel – it is still a little bit light out at that time. If you have other times you’d prefer to get a group together, let me know and I will post it here. We also have the Saturday run at 8:30am – the sun is well up by then!
The NYC Marathon is in 105 days. That means that I have completed the first 3 weeks of training. This week I ran 30 miles, despite record breaking temperatures and humidity. In this kind of heat, it is difficult to run at all. I have to run early in the morning before the sun is too high in the sky. This morning when I went out at 5:30am to run 10 miles, it was already 81 degrees and what felt like 100% humidity.
I was supposed to do my long run yesterday, but it was just too darn hot! I ran 4 with our running group – we had 11 runners at our 8:30 Saturday run this weekend! And, we’ve had several folks join us on the weekday runs too. We have all types of runners coming to our runs – a 2:30 marathoner (that’s under 6 minute miles for 26.2 miles), a 63 year old, a new mom, kids on the high school track team, college track runners, and casual runners looking to start up a running program. It’s great that we’ve been able to get so many people together so quickly!!
So, if you are thinking about joining a running club or want to see what it is like to run in a group, please come join us and RunSummit!
Hey There! My name is Diana, and I live in beautiful Summit, NJ. I have built this site for two reasons – 1. I want to build a running club in Summit where we can gather and have group runs, and 2. I am training for the NYC Marathon and I need motivation! I am going to be posting my training schedule and thoughts on how the training is going. Hopefully, it will inspire you AND me to work harder towards our running goals. Please join in by posting on the Join In! page or sending me a message in the Contact form.
Thank you and let’s RUN SUMMIT together!!