silly awesome, but when I saw that I could possibly beat my previous “most miles run in a month record” this month, I ran just a little bit extra to say I did it. About a mile extra. 144 miles in all. My previous high month was in April — 143 miles. I was able to do that then because April was a 5-weekend month. August is not … so a little pride, there. Last August, training for the same marathon, I only ran 126 miles.
2. I did not cap my most total miles traveled in a month, though. That distinction stays with August of last year, when I cycled 100 miles in one day. I was close this month, within 20 miles. It looks like I will have to wait another year to take a crack at that goal again.
3. I ran two runs this week on the trail by Sunnyside Park in Lewiston. It is my happy place.
It’s an out and back, and I’m not sick of it yet. If anything, its hard when its really really hot to not go down to the riverbank and jump in. It looks so beautiful and peaceful.
4. I have given up trying to lose weight before this marathon. I am 156-157 pounds, about 8-10 pounds heavier than I was at the marathon last year. I remember thinking last year that I could eat whatever I wanted and still lose weight. This year I really *am* eating whatever I want. But I feel really good, too.
There is seriously, for realsies, only 4 weekends left before the marathon.
There is seriously, for realsies, only one more gut-wrenchingly long run.
I am seriously, for realsies, almost at the goal. And I can see it. And I know I can do it. And I am no longer intimidated by it.
I’ve come so far since then. Because I don’t really consider the weekend long run all that gut-wrenchingly unpleasant anymore. I mean, that makes sense, because I keep signing up and training for these things, right? It’s not because I have anything to prove. It’s because I actually like doing it.
Scary, I know.
6. I am going to leave you with a picture of a pug. Because Tony is trolling for pug pictures on the Internet, which we take it as a sign that its time to go to bed.