Last week I ran 40 miles!  By tomorrow, I will have run over 500 miles since March.  I never thought that would be possible.  I had a tough but interesting training week last week.  Friday I ran 16 miles on a very hilly trail in the woods.  After 5 miles, I felt like I was in hell!  I kept having the same argument with myself over and over-“This sucks!  I can’t do this.  Yes, you can do this…just one foot in front of the other”.  Thank goodness, I just kept putting one foot in front of the other.  I was tested that day.  And I’ve come to realize that I don’t really like trail running…not that kind of trail, at least.

Saturday I had to run 6 miles.  I asked my daughter if she wanted to ride her bike while I ran.  She lit up!  She was so excited to be able to go with me.  She did great and was a lot of company.  I hope we get to do that more often.  When we were finished I asked her if she’d like to do that again and she said she would have to think about it! Ha ha!  But I know she was proud of herself because she was telling everyone how she rode her bike for 6 miles!

Sunday I went bike riding with a friend of mine on a new trail along the Delaware river.  It was beautiful!  Nice and flat and shaded.  Now, that’s my kind of trail!!!  I really enjoyed it and we even saw a bald eagle!

I have 104 days left of training and I’m feeling pretty confident.  I’m sticking with my training schedule and I’m still doing P90x.  I’m almost done with my 3rd 90 day rotation.  I think that alone is quite an accomplishment.  I have found some really nice hills in a nearby neighborhood to practice on and am going to incorporate speed training this week (hopefully).  I’m getting used to running alone and I’m finding it to be therapeutic.  I have time to think, or not, and I’m only in competition with myself.  Thats what I love about running.  It’s not a team sport, no one else is relying on you to score a point.  You are in it for yourself and no one else.

A friend asked me yesterday if I planned on entering anymore marathons or if I was just going to do the one.  I have been asking myself that same question.  I think I’m in this for the long haul.  The training is time-consuming, I’ll admit.  And I know there will be times in my life that will interrupt my training.  But I would like to think there will always be a marathon that I’m training for.