Monday, July 02, 2007

Week 18, day 7 and counting down

Today starts the first day of marathon training for New York. This morning, I woke up to thunder and lightning. Fortunately, this evening was beautiful as the rain kept temperatures moderate.

Hal called for 3 easy miles today. Most self-talk was about taking this first 3 miles of the program easy and keeping it comfortable. As I posted last fall, marathon training is like a marathon itself. I've got ~380 miles to get to the starting line of New York so day one's not the time to start hammering out 12:30 tempo miles. This was hard to do tonight as I really felt good. But mission accomplished. I kept it slow and steady with just an ever so slight back to the barn push the last .25 miles. Here are the stats.

Total distance - 3 miles
Venue - Memorial Park
Mile 1 - 13:55
Mile 2 - 14:20
Mile 3 - 13:56
Total time - 42:11
Average pace - 14:04

By the way, I spent some time re-reading my too-long marathon post from January and all the incredible comments. It really inspired remembering what an awesome time that was and how so many of my friends encouraged me and hung in there with me. I really will never forget that day and the months leading up to my first marathon. No way it'll ever be like that first one. But here's to making more great memories nonetheless.

4 comments:

David said...

You are right - they won't be like the first one - they just keep getting better!

The Vic train has departed for another trip...all aboard!!

Devin said...

Vic, I will be there in spirit every step of the way. Once I do my Half in Sept, I will be ramping up for a full in January. You rock, dude!

L*I*S*A said...

I'm so excited for you and your journey to the NYC marathon!!

J~Mom said...

WOOHOO!!! Your race report from the marathon was one of the most exciting and motivating ever! I know this year will be no different!! :>)