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Beginning of a new training session.

We missed the Drumstick Dash this year. I was sad to break the tradition & was sad not to start off Thanksgiving with the BoMF crew, but with Marshall, it was decided to head out of town Wednesday and miss the run.

Instead Glenn and I woke up in Crown Point and ran 10 miles. I am so happy to be able to do longish runs together again. I know once he starts his training for Carmel, our paces for long runs will be way too different, but for now while he is maintaining fitness before he ramps up training in a few weeks, I’m enjoying being able to do some runs together. Like old times.

I’m taking two days off and on Monday, I’ll begin my 16 week training plan for the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach. I haven’t done an entire 16 week training cycle since our first marathon in 2008. 16 weeks seems so long to me, but with the Rehoboth Beach Marathon¬†two weeks into the training, I think it will be broken up nicely as I’ll have a mild cut back for two weeks after that race.

My real goal for Rehoboth is not to PR, but to run a negative split, which I have NEVER done. This will help give me the confidence to PR with a negative split in the spring.

I haven’t decided what pace to try for for Rehoboth, still need to sit down and come up with a game plan. Off the top of my head, I’m thinking possibly, go out at 8:20 pace and pick it up slowly for the last 13 miles.

I know it will be hard to control the pace, but the goal of the marathon isn’t to race, it’s to teach myself control and also to enjoy the run. This race isn’t supposed to hurt, it’s supposed to feel good. (I envision it to be similar to how I felt for Flying Pig in 2011). I didn’t race Flying Pig, as it was a marathon coming off 6 weeks after a PR and we just signed up to run it for fun. So I ran, I didn’t run slow, but I didn’t run fast and when I finished, I felt like I could run 5 more miles. If I run Rehoboth smart, that is how I should feel when I finish.

And this has nothing to do with my upcoming races, but this is what the boys are up to today:

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