Holy cow - how did I get here? I just finished week 14 of my 18 week training plan! With just a month to go the nerves, jitters, and self doubts are starting to take hold. I am pretty sure I can complete the mileage but I want to have a GOOD race - I want to feel strong and confident. That will be the hard part. More on that later, but for now lets summarize my mileage for week 14.
Tuesday: 5.2 miles ("tempo" run on the treadmill, UGH)
Wednesday: 9 miles
Thursday: 5 miles (with the BOB)
Saturday: 16.35 miles (trail race, recap tomorrow)
Total for the week: 35.55 miles
This next week will be the toughest of my training schedule - I am ready to face it head on! I have my one and only 20 miler this week and then its all down hill until the marathon! Right now I am looking forward to the taper, but I have heard that it starts to really get to most people - we will see.
For now, I am trying to decide how to run my race. My original goal was not to have a time goal and to just run/walk it however I had to. Now though, I am thinking that it might be helpful for me to run with a pace group. But, I am not sure if I can run every step of the marathon (even at a slower pace).
What would you do if you were me? Pick a pace group or go it alone?
P.S. If you haven't yet donated to my fundraising, please consider it. I met my original goal, but I have another goal that I would love to reach, and I am just under $150 away from that. It would mean the world to me to get to $3,620 raised for St Jude. St Jude does wonderful things every day and every dollar helps them come closer to a cure!