I had a couple thoughts in regards to marathon training. Here they are.
You know you are training for a marathon when:
1. You go through a pair of shoes in less than 3 months.
2. A bathroom stop on the side of a dirt road doesn't seem like a big deal.
3. You've tried every flavor of sportbeans, gels, cliff shots, and luna moons available.
4. You go to bed early, just so you can start your run early the next morning to beat the heat.
5. You know the words to every song on your ipod---even if you have a gazillion loaded.
6. You've almost been hit by a car when they decided that stop signs were optional at 5:00AM.
7. You plan your meals in advance to ensure proper fueling for long run days.
8. You beg your spouse/friend to bike alongside you, because their company is FAR better than any song or audiobook on the trusted ipod.
9. You can't sign up for any more races, because your long run days have exceeded the half marathon distance.
10. A 12 mile run day feels like a recovery day!
Those are just a few of them! I set out for my 12 mile run this morning, with Jeremy by my side (on bike). This was an enjoyable run at a comfortable 7:45/mile pace. 12 miles seemed so comfortable after doing 17 miles last weekend. Next weekend I have a lovely 19 miler to look forward to. The nice thing about the run next weekend is we will officially be Minneapolis residence, and I will have the beautiful lakes (Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, Harriet, and Nokomis) to look forward to! New scenery, and mostly flat terrain! I'm ready for that new adventure!