Next marathon: Charlotte Thunder Marathon (9Dec). That gives me 11 weeks of training, which should be ample time to get the legs used to marathon goal pace (5:59/mile).
I’m at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana and will be here for the next 3 weeks. The good thing is that I’m still able to put in my daily workouts. However, I’m already running out of places to run. The post itself (not the training area) is small. I’ve put in almost 70 miles over the last 5 days and ended up running the same route a couple times. I’m not complaining. I just wish there were some scenic routes or even trails like Fort Bragg. The scenery here at Polk consists of World War II barracks, long stretches of roads with no buildings or cars in sight, grass that probably hasn’t been cut for about 2 months, and if you’re lucky an Army soldier running a couple miles for physical training. But again, it’s Fort Polk.
Since I won’t be able to post a blog too often, I’ll provide a weekly summary of how my training is going.
Monday: 10 miles easy at Fort Bragg. (1:06:36)
Tuesday: Did not run; traveled to Fort Polk, LA
Wednesday: 11.4 miles with 10 x :30 @ 3k pace (1’ recovery). (1:15:37)
Thursday: Easy run. 9.2 miles (1:03:05)
Friday: AM: 12 miles with a couple miles at marathon pace. (1:22:40) PM: easy 6 mile shakeout run (43:21)
Saturday: Easy run; 9 miles (1:02:20)
Sunday: 20.2 miles; long, steady run; (2:15:23)
Total: 77+ miles; 7 runs/6 days