The end and the beginning

My half-marathon training plan is officially over and marathon training has officially begun!

(Except I’m still training for a half-marathon that’s a little less than three weeks away, soooo things are a little different than if I were just starting to train for a full.)

The last three weeks of my training were haphazard. I haven’t picked up a dumbbell or hopped on my bike trainer since I got the news about my mom’s health, and I’ve skipped a few runs, too.

Enough of that. It’s time to get back on track, be strong, and focus on my goal.

Today’s run: 5 miles at half-marathon goal pace (aiming for 9:00-9:05).

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This was difficult! I ran on the outer path of Green Lake so I could get more used to the feeling of running on dirt/gravel, aka the same surface that makes up most of the half-marathon course.

I had to push my legs to keep a consistent pace on unsteady ground. Oh, sweet, sweet pavement, how I miss you.

Check out this official photo from Aaron’s mountain bike race yesterday:

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Badass!

Have I mentioned how very fulfilling it is to cheer on my best friend and lovah as he competes in a sport he loves, knowing that in a few weeks he’ll also do the same for me?

Well, ‘tis. ‘Tis indeed.

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