Here and Now

I’m just about to begin my fourth-last week of training for the Sarasota Half (out of an 18 week program). In many past training programs, when I got to this point, I felt stale, sometimes stale enough to bail out of the program and just run. Not this time, though. I’m still sussing out exactly why.

The point is – and it’s a point I’m celebrating with all that I am – is that I feel very good, and very happy to be here and now. I feel strong. I’m on target for my pacing at all the required levels (steady, tempo, and LSD). I feel remarkably fresh mentally, for all that I’m in the middle of a Canadian winter. I’m injury free. I’m ready for Sarasota!

I’ve got one more Wednesday hill session before I move to a couple of Wednesdays of speedwork. My Sunday long runs will go up to 18K and 20K. In the last week before the race, I’ll do a short (6K) Sunday run, and then two short runs (10K and 6K) at race pace (5:13 mins/km) before flying down to Sarasota.

For now, though, I’m happy to be right here. Believe it or not, I’m actually looking forward to the remainder of my training program!

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