We watched all three “Lord of the Rings” movies a couple of weekends ago (Sidenote: Why would we do this? Because we’re watching our movies in alphabetical order, of course!) That’s a quote, right? In the third movie, in Gondor, right before the armies of Mordor attack, Gandalf is trying to console a frightened Pippin. I think I’m right. I also think that I’m a DORK.
Anyway. I’ve been walking and walk-jogging this week in preparation for my “plunge” back into running. I have successfully avoided August, but I am aware that it may have the last laugh as I spend September struggling to get back into shape once again. I’m also aware that the end of August does not mean the start of Fall…I’m sure there will still be some 90* and/or ridiculously humid days to contend with. Nevertheless, I’m giddy with anticipation.
My September training is going to mirror my friend D’s. She begins her 12-week half marathon (or half mary, as she tends to call it) program on Monday, so I’m jumping in as a virtual running buddy. In addition, I’m starting to feel like I’m losing the right to give her advice since her mileage is higher than mine…AND I have a half marathon of my own at the end of October…AND marathon training begins on October 11…AND I don’t really feel like myself when I’m run-less….all fantastic reasons to start running again.
I signed up for Spinx on Tuesday. Marathon Expert has already registered and our long run for that week is 13 miles so it works out perfectly. (The second early registration deadline is August 31, so sign up this week if you want to avoid paying a little more!) In other news, Spinx happens to fall on Halloween this year. I am accepting costume ideas.
Six weeks away from marathon training. I’m looking forward to it, but I’m not. Excited to be getting in better and better shape, of course…already imagining being bored senseless around week 13 or so. Longing to scoff at an 11-mile run once more, slightly frightened at the thought of devoting another four months of my life to four(ish) hours of running and (hopefully) a finisher’s medal. Looking forward to more rainy, Saturday long runs with Marathon Expert, saddened at the thought of running these miles on a PAVED Swamp Rabbit trail…and not so much looking forward to the smell of the American Restaruant at mile 7.
It’s nice to have something to train for…I think. 🙂