Woke up a little earlier than normal to get my 7mile run in this morning. I was out the door about 4:45 or so to make sure I was home in time. I am still trying to get dialed in at my marathon goal pace of 9:09 to make the 4 hour mark. Today I ran at an 8:51 pace which is very slow compared to where I have been running. I think I will end up running around this rate because I cannot imagine going any slower.
I finished up the run in 62 minutes for 7 miles.
Despite running this slow it was not an easy run. I am still not feeling the greatest and I cannot shake this cold. It moved from my head down into my chest which is about the last thing I need while running. I spent the first half of the run coughing and hacking trying to clear a pathway for oxygen. I spent the last half just trying breathe. My body has still not recovered from the weekend run. The poor body is just not able to bounce back fighting this cold and running sessions. With how slow I am running trying to get dialed in for my race I don't feel like I am pushing my body too hard, but these runs should feel very easy and they just have not felt that way.
We are down to 11 days until race day. Every single day I cannot believe I am about to embark on this huge goal of running 26.2 miles. I know thousands have already been here and done that, but for me this is one of the greatest challenges I have set for myself.
Remember, I need your positive thoughts so please find time and send them my way. Use your voice recorder on your phone and email the audio file. Quick and easy.