1. I saw on twitter yesterday that the Jeff Galloway training plans for the Disney marathon were available and decided to read through them out of curiosity. It's not something that I am planning to use, but I always like seeing the different training options. First of all, these are 28 week plans, which is a long time to be training for a race! Of course, then when I saw that they started this week I realized that in 28 weeks I will be running a half marathon and marathon in the same week! Maybe I do, in fact, need 28 weeks to prepare myself. :)
I was surprised to see that the plan for experienced runners had a 29 mile long run! I realize it's a long training plan, but it seems to me that most plans I’ve read peak at 20 miles (or maybe get up to 22-23). I certainly did know that any of them went that far over the distance. I’m not sure how my body would handle that, though given that I’ll be doing 39.3 in a weekend, maybe a 29 mile run is exactly what I need!
2. I’ve been feeling a bit unmotivated recently. I think the bike crash contributed to it (I know, I’ll stop talking about it soon!), but it was building before then. I see a few other bloggers commenting about taking some time off today, so maybe it’s just the time of year, or the heat and humidity or something all together unrelated. As both Katie and Emily said, a few days off aren’t going to derail a training cycle or race and they may just be what the body needs to train even harder until the big day. And if it's true for them, it's true for me since I'm not even training for anything nearly as long as they are! The only race I have on my calendar in July is a sprint tri on the 31st. I know I could complete that race even if I did nothing for the next month. My bigger concern is that I have to start marathon training right at the beginning of August. So I'd like to have a decent running base going into that, but at the same time I don't want to start out training feeling like I need a break!
I’m going to the beach in a little over a week. I hadn't really decided how I was going to approach training, but I think I’ll take this as my opportunity to back off a bit. I’ll fit in a few runs and maybe attempt a bit of ocean swimming if I feel brave (for some reason lakes and rivers don’t bother me at all, but I get the heebie jeebies about sharks in the ocean). Hopefully I will come back mentally and physically refreshed!
3. On that unmotivated note, I have decided to let the universe decide if I will exercise today. I have tentative plans to meet a friend after work for dinner but she has a late afternoon meeting that has the potential to run late and require her to cancel our plans. I debated heading to the pool this morning, but decided last night that I’d really prefer to sleep in. If she cancels, I'll work out. If not, today is a rest day. I’m leaving my fate to the workout gods.