Log for August 28 & 29 – Training for Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9th. Goal for the fall and winter marathon season is to break 3:15 for the first time.
- Rest – As always, Sunday was my regular rest day from running and cross-training. I didn’t feel great on many of the runs this week, but finished pretty strong on Saturday. Overall I completed another 48 miles, and am at 194 total for the month of August. This is 20 miles over my previous record for a month, and we’ve still got 3 days to go!! Hoping for a finally tally of 216.
- 6-Mile Trail Run – I decided to switch things up a bit this morning, and do my normal Monday trail run on the horse trails in Percy Warner Park. These trails are a little easier than the Red, White or Blue trails, and I want to take this week fairly easy since I have a 14.2-mile tune up race in Tupelo on Sunday. The temperatures at 6am were awesome, and that made for a very pleasant run. I was able to do all 6-miles using my forefoot stride, and never felt the urge to fall back to my old stride. I have noticed that later today my feet are fairly sore, but I’m pleased with how good it felt during the run. I saw lots of wildlife this morning including wild turkey, deer, and even an owl that flew over my head and landed in a tree just off the trail. What a fantastic morning. That now makes an even 200 miles for the month with 2 more days left in August.
- 2.5-Mile Hike – After I got home from work, I took my daughter Kate to Edwin Warner Park for a hike on the Blue trail. We went at a fairly easy pace, but she did pick it up to run in spurts. This was the first time that she has ever worn her Vibram FiveFingers on trails, and they did fairly well except on large, smooth rocks. Unfortunately she did take a big spill near the end, but didn’t do too much damage. I was proud of her for shaking it off fairly quickly and getting back up and finishing. Overall it was an awesome way to spend an evening with Kate.
- Cross Training – Tonight was P90X: Legs and Back.