The physical part of marathon training is easy. Just go out and put in the miles. So, I put in the planned nine miles. The first five were general aerobic miles put in at a 9:53 pace and an average heart rate of 78% of max. The final four were at a 9:18 pace (at the low end of half marathon pace range) at a heart rate of 83% of max.
Then there's the mental part of this thing. Most say that the marathon is a big mental challenge. Most won;t admit though that the toughest part of the marathon is the training. Pushing through the miles and workouts when there are so many other fun things to do. Like watching TV. Or eating donuts. The race itself is just four or five hours of your brain telling you to stop. The training is 18 weeks of your brain telling you to stop! Oh well - one week at a time.
Finally, I need some advice. I am having trouble drying my shoes out between runs. I think I've mentioned before - I am a perspiration machine. If I run past your house, you probably want me to run up on the lawn and give it a good sprinkling as I pass. The problem is with the longer distances and times these days, my shoes end up soaked. I have two pair that I rotate, but even still after a day off, my shoes are sometimes still damp. What do you all do to dry your shoes out?
On tap today - 5 recovery miles. Crystal Cove here I come!