Well friends, "the boy" and I are no longer (no no no, it's okay :) I still really like the boy but it was the right thing to do. Never fear. I'm completely fine...ish) and yesterday I went out and ran 5 miles. True. Which seems really good but it was 5 miles on a flat consistent track and in perfect weather. The Wasatch Back Relay stretches from LOGAN to Park City and is 176.6 miles, overnight, on weaving, hilly, high elevation asphalt! You just got that sick feeling in your stomach for me didn't you? That "oh yeah, you're screwed" feeling. Yeeeeah. Here was the training plan I was SUPPOSED to be following the last two months. I have highlighted where I should be by now.
INTERMEDIATE TRAINING PLAN:
H = Hills - start and finish hill workouts with 10 min of easy running
/ = Multiple Runs - two to three runs within 24 hours
M = Miles
Here is a pic of the Relay I will be running in 3 months. Okay okay okay. Deep breaths. Of COURSE I'm not running the whole damn thing. Ha ha. That would be RIDICULOUS. I will be running only 3 legs of said damn thing. 12 people on our team, 36 legs, and most of them(the legs) considered moderate or easy. The very hard and hard ones I am leaving up to other team members. My team IS made up of marathon runners. They are obligated to take the 7.6M, "very hard", death hills and elevation disaster, runs. Seriously. I've ever only run a 5k and that was so crowded I didn't even get to RUN the first "K." I know I can run 5m on a track and feel fine. So I'm not THAT far behind in the program. Plus, now would be a GREAT time to find something else, anything else, to focus on for a couple months (assuming that's as long as it will take to not feel a little sad inside from time to time). So here's the plan - start training. What did you expect? That's really as far as I've gotten. Just start. I'm going to try and just pick up right where I SHOULD'VE already been and see how it goes. Now, if you recall I've been struggling with a "foot" issue - as in possible stress fracture in my foot from running on old old old, old old, running shoes. I bought new shoes to counteract this issue - and unfortunately it worked. My foot feels awesome. Well, dammit. There's no backing out of this - and besides, backing out or giving up is completely against my character - ask anyone...
Oh dear, what have I gotten myself into?