Today was my first run since getting home from the Center of the Nation series.

doodlebomb watch pic

doodlebomb watch pic

I’ve been basically following Hal Higdon’s novice marathon training plan (which I have used for my 3 other marathons) since July 4th to prepare for the NYC Marathon but knowing I was also planning to run the 5 consecutive half marathons I added in a few really long runs a bit earlier than the schedule called for so that I would get used to running on tired legs. I still have an 18 miler (gulp! tomorrow!) and a 20 miler to conquer in 2 weeks before the big day on 11/3.

Now here’s where I’m so confused. Thursday’s are supposed to be my tempo run. That means a hard effort but not all out race pace. Only problem is I’m not 100% sure what my race pace will be. I’m hoping to finish in 5 hours but it could be longer. Except that would mean my tempo runs should be in the 12 min/mile range and honestly that’s my long slow distance pace. I feel like my tempo pace hovers around 10:30 min/mile. But I know i can’t hold that pace or even faster for a full marathon. Sigh!

Anyway, I’ll have my last recap up shortly but just wanted to share a funny story. The other day I came home from work and got the dog where we intended to walk about 1 mile up the road to my car. I park there to catch the bus but coming home I get a different bus that drops me closer to my home. Anyway, as we’ve done numerous times we walked to the car. Then I discovered I forgot my car keys!!! So we just walked home. Duncan was SO confused!

lol!

lol!

And then to really get on the poor dog’s nerves I sent him in to the groomer for a haircut. But like a true dog he loves me unconditionally!

from shag to chic

from shag to chic

We took a walk at the park and found some nice graffiti…

true

true

And then we were off to chase squirrels. Happy Friday!

Question: Anyone have a good “I forgot my keys and now I locked out” story? Any good Inspirational messages?

 

 

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