I've made a commitment! Sort of a commitment that is. I picked a marathon to attempt a BQ, but I have until August 31 to sign up before the price increases. As such, I have not signed up yet, and really haven't made any commitment to the race yet. (Working on baby #2 might come first--we'll see) The commitment part is only that I started a training plan (good training for possible future pregnancy too). The goal race is the Atlantic City Marathon, and my training plan started on July 1st. I'm using the Marathon Advanced plan provided by Garmin, which is time based and starts at around 30-35 miles per week at my paces. So far, I've been pretty good at completing a majority of the assigned runs, but have "failed" at two workouts. The first was a 90 minute long run that I cut 2 miles short due to lack of bringing hydration with me (DUH it was close to 90*), and coming off of a summer cold, The second was a hour-long run with 40 minutes at a "steady pace." I managed two miles of the steady pace before a cramp made me decide that finishing the run in quarter miles of running with walking until the cramp subsided was not worth it. First two weeks = 27 miles per week - not exactly marathon training distances (but it IS only week 3 - I was running around 30 miles per week before starting the plan), and the current week is going better - for now. I'm at 22 miles so far, with completing (yay hydration!) a 90 minute long run on Sunday and a 3 x 10 minute tempo run (5.7 miles total) today with easy runs to fill in the rest. That same "steady pace" run looms ahead, along with a handful of "recovery threesies" to total 16 more miles - big jump in mileage... We'll see about the steady run based on the record-setting heat and humidity predicted for later this week. I might cut it to an hour of easy, or 40 minutes (or 30 - same as last week) with 20 at pace- also depends on whether I can find time for DH to watch DD- it will likely be too hot at the times I can get out for long stroller sitting.
I'm getting on the bandwagon to complain about running in heat and humidity. Don't get me wrong, I really do LOVE 90* and low humidity days for living (less happy about the high humidity we've been having, and the almost 100* coming this weekend), but summer is THE BEST! However, I don't enjoy seeing my paces slowing with each hard effort. I keep telling myself, that I will see AMAZING things once the temp/humidity drops, but since I've never before trained outside through the summer, it's hard to convince myself this is true...I'm stubborn-HA! Every so often I miss the treadmill, and its predictability of weather and paces. Anyway, I'm going to quote Des Linden, and just "keep sowing up" and optimistically dream about the zoooooming that will happen in September/October! 😎 Enjoy the sun and sweating everyone!