Monday starts my week for running so today I decided to go and run around the Lake @ Canebrake, 5 miles. I thought I would run easy today, but as I started running I decided that a few weeks ago I was consistently running tempos on Monday and this is the week to get started with that again. As I mentioned, I raced on Sat. so my tempo today was intentionally slowed. Canebrake is rolling hills so it's always a nice workout. Today I averaged 8:40 pace. When I think about that, summer 2008, 8:40 pace was just under my long run time. I have a lot of work ahead of me. The good thing is, I am up for the challenge. Have you ever been to South MS in the summer? If so, you know that the challenge will be large. I ran the Dublin Marathon in 2005. At that time, I swore to myself I would never run another early fall marathon because of the summer training program. As they say, "never say never." The St. George marathon has been on my marathon list for a long time, I made it in the lottery, so summer training it is. Utah here we come! (I love Utah, so pretty) Now the only thing to do is to embrace, love it, become stronger from it. I am trying to use this week as an easier week, with some quality. My "official" training for SGM will begin next Monday. I'm ready, waiting , and getting excited about the next challenge.
By the way - St. George will be my 14th marathon. Sometime soon, I will post a list with times.
On another note - my husband, Chad came home yesterday with our new zero turn mower. We have 3 acres to mow so we have been desperate to speed up the mowing each week. I went for a test drive today. It a little transition from our old mower, but it's fun, or it will be fun when I totally figure it out.
Need to go and call Kelly to see about an easy 5 mile run in Lake Serene Tues. morning followed with her yoga class.