If my calculations are correct, I only have 8 ½ weeks until the Austin Marathon. That freaks me out a little. My longest distance this month was 13.1 miles, and my total distance so far this month is 16.21 miles. In my own defense, I’ve been cross training. But that training doesn’t involve cardio, only lifting, but the ‘oh my god I’m never going to walk again’ kind of lifting.
I can tell it’s paying off, during the half marathon I just ran I could really feel the power in my quads helping me lift my legs up the hills, albeit little Texas hills, but a hill is a hill nonetheless. Hills are a good start, but I must also make nice with my old friend Distance again because this is what they say about the new Austin course (and I think they are hiding the elevation map):
The first 17 miles of the marathon climb a total of 304 feet (or 18 feet per mile) in a stair step fashion that allow your legs to use a variety of muscle groups and allow you time to recover with downhill and level running surfaces. The final nine miles drop an average of 33 feet per mile.
17 miles uphill? Do you see how they try and make you feel like the hills are a good thing? We’ll see. But if I don’t start adding a little more distance into my training, it won’t matter either way. And if I don’t stop putting a fork in my mouth, my marathon plan will be rolling to the finish.