Have I changed my mind about not running any more marathons? Nope. I will be helping Kathleen to hopefully qualify for Boston at the Mohawk-Hudson Marathon which takes place on October 10; the run is a point to point 26.2 miler from Schenectady to Albany. We are in the process of booking flights, a hotel room and so on. Fortunately a large contingent of Katy Fit runners (mostly trained by Mark Coleman) will be making the outing, so if there are any Tex-Mex restaurants in Albany, we'll be the first to know.
Kathleen will be using Hal Higdon's 'Intermediate II' marathon training schedule, which tops out at about 40 or so miles per week, with a total of 3 X 20-milers over the course of the 16-week program. Given her recent race times and good state of fitness, it certainly looks doable. Very difficult to train for a fall marathon here in Houston but of course if qualifying for Boston was easy, everybody would be doing it... Combined with the Tuesday hill runs and the Thursday track sessions, I think Kathleen should be able to manage the required 9:10 pace. Weather permitting, of course. We completed the first long run (10 miles) last Sunday under perfectly sweltering conditions. One advantage of training in this hot and sweaty swamp, is that come October a nice cool fall day in central New York state would be perfect!
Two more Crossfit sessions under my belt and started to enjoy it more and more. Touch wood, no more injuries either! Last Friday we did mostly core/ab work, while yesterday was all about lifting: a series of 6 or 7 differing lifts ending with 25 X 50lb dead-lift repeats, as fast as possible. Weird that in all my years of exercising and training, I have never done any dead-lifts!
Kathleen at the Striders mile time trial last Thursday. Looking good! And getting faster by the week.