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Mar 29, 2015

Week one of marathon training

Well I got through week one of marathon training.  I'm coming back from an injury and I'm still not 100% so it was a slow go this week and I ran only trails.  It's one of the reasons I have not been posting as much.  It's hard to think about running when you are not actually running.  For those that don't know it, the plan is to run the Grand Island trail full at the end of July - if I can make it through training that is.

I had a couple good runs midweek as the temperatures rose and made for soft trails.  Even though they were muddy, it was heaven running on the softness and the extra 50% effort I had to use to get the miles in was worth it.
After my muddy run Tuesday night
All the miles were at the trails at Stony Creek at West Branch.  Mid week I have been coming into the park from the back entrance since the park does not open until 7am and I've been starting at 6am.  This week, however, I ran after work all days which is a big change for me.  I much prefer getting the run completed before work versus after.  I will say it's nice to not have to run with a headlamp and I can see where I'm going.  Of course, I'm not sure that's a good thing.  Who wants to see the hills you need to climb?
Woohoo hill at Stony
This week, April 1, the part will open up at 6am so I can get into the park now through October midweek which is nice.  It will still be dark when I start but it's starting to get light out when I finish.  Another month or so and I'll have some daylight midweek.  The weather also took a turn for the weekend and we even got snow for my run on Saturday.  I could have really done without that!  It did melt pretty quick though and was gone by the time I went back outside in the afternoon.
Westbranch trailhead with snow on 3/28/15
I'll be following the Hal Higdon Intermediate I schedule this time around.  Hal has not steered me wrong yet as I've had much success with his plans.  Regardless of what happens, I'll just be happy to run on Grand Island.
There's no place like home
I ended up running a few more that I should have this week and ended with 26 miles this week.  This coming week I have 25 miles planned.  Here's to Marathon #7!

Have a great day and.....Keep Running!!!!

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