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Posse Update from Polly Sparling
Web Master | 8/15/2009 at 3:51 PM

Perks's Posse is now eight weeks away from Marathon Day, and so far I've only written one measly blog post. There is a good reason for this: it's hard to find the time to do anything at all when you're always running!

Our training started in late April with 10 weeks of logging progressively more miles, taking us (or me, at least) from an average of  20 to 40 miles a week. In early July, we added a weekly tempo run to go along with the speedwork and Sunday long run we'd been doing from the start. Tomorrow we'll cover 18 miles, making this our longest week so far -- 45 total.

Most of my miles are run by myself, which leaves lots of time for the mind to wander.  Here are a few of my thoughts about this whole experience, in no particular order:

  • Marathon training is sort of counterintuitive.  We're told to run the short distances fast, but urged to go very slow on the longer ones.  Seems illogical -- but what do I know?
  • Before we began the training, I was convinced that, once we reached the 40-mile weeks, I would be spending non-running time in a constant state of mental and physical exhaustion. Surprisingly, that's not the case at all -- I feel just as energetic as I usually do (although the odd Sunday afternoon nap is less rare than it used to be).  And I was equally sure that I'd begin to hate running, and dread having to log all those miles. In fact, the opposite is true -- I look forward to my runs, and feel a little peculiar on the rest days.
  • My bathroom scale and I are on speaking terms again.
  • One toenail has already fallen off, and three others are brilliant shades of red/purple/black. This is the sum total of my "injuries" to this point (knock wood).
  •  I approached this marathon thinking that it would be my one and only "serious" attempt at the distance. I'm already beginning to wonder, though, what life will be like after it's over.  Will I go back to being a casual, 20-mile-a-week person? From this vantage point, that seems unlikely; I'm enjoying the challenge, and -- yes, I'll say it -- having fun training. Does this mean there could be other marathons in my future?  I'll let you know after race day.