With 3 weeks to go before my first attempt at the marathon, I wanted to make sure to get mentally focused & get my body ready for the task at hand. I trained hard but made sure to get plenty of rest & relaxation after the efforts. I have learned a lot from my training partner, Olive. She is a sub 4:50 miler & sub 60 minute ten miler. With 4 legs that are only 8 inches long, she is no joke. She is so excited to run & lives each moment to the fullest. She gives 110% effort with a smile on her face then posts up in the most comfortable bed to get her beauty rest & to be fully recovered for her next effort. She ran the easy runs with me & kept me motivated.
Upon returning to the trails in Asheville, I got in my longest long run ever! I ran 3:14 in Bent Creek Experimental forest on fireroads & single track trails. Again, the Roclite 268s served me well. I finished the run strong & felt like I could have ran on forever. I downed my recovery drink, hit an ice bath & made myself a post run recovery meal of fresh pasta & venison. (Thanks to my Dad & stepmom for providing me a freezer full of venison!)
I'm 3 weeks away from my first marathon experience. Anything can happen but I feel like I am as ready as I can be.