Aiming for normal

"Courage is fear that has said its prayers." – Dorothy Bernard

It’s been a topsy turvy week for running, and the disruptions and attempts to set up my training plan have taken its toll. But I think I’m close to getting back on track, with a race Saturday and normal marathon training resuming next week.

Three weeks have passed since Grandma’s Marathon and my weekly running totals are a fraction of normal, so it will be interesting to see how the mileage buildup goes.

Last year, I took a similar break from hard training between Grandma’s and the Twin Cities Marathon, and found that training went really well with good results. Now with a high-tech watch and an advanced training log – I’m going to use 2 or 3 for a few weeks before settling on one – I’m hoping for even better results.

So the big question I need to answer is whether I’ll get up and drive to Menahga tomorrow morning for the St. Urho Run, which I wrote about in this week’s column in The Forum. The biggest deterant at this point is the weather – it will be good for running and subpar for spending time at the lake. It’s a long way to drive for a race if I don’t end up going to the lake. Maybe I’ll end up flipping a coin, but if I stay in town, there’s always the 5K race at the Scheels store on 45th Street South in Fargo.

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