“You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.” – Steve Prefontaine
Yesterday’s run in the country hills was a good test, but I wanted to wait to see how well I recovered before feeling too confident about my current marathon fitness.
Often, Sundays are a day for 3-4 miles of recovery jogging, but considering my current injury recovery plan, I am opting to take Sundays off. And I’m feeling grateful today that I feel pretty good after Saturday’s run.
Any run longer than 16 miles in the hills is a good barometer of marathon fitness in my book. And I always consider a long hill run to be equivalent to 2 miles more than a regular long run of the same distance. So yesterday’s 18.7-mile workout is equal to nearly 21 on flat roads.
At this point, I feel an urge to surge – the legs feel great but I know that I need to temper my excitement. With my lower abdomen strain, I can’t pile on the miles in training and jeopardize my health and fitness for the Chicago Marathon – now just 6 weeks from today.
But next weekend brings the first of two 24-milers, workouts that really helped set me up for success at June’s Grandmas Marathon. It’s always easier to grind out those long runs when the previous one went well, so I’m excited to get the first one under my belt.