Exactly half way there with Hal Higdon's Intermediate II marathon training program, in preparation for the Oct 9 Mohawk-Hudson Marathon. So far so good: on Saturday the 9 mile pace run went pretty well, and despite awful conditions I managed an 8:35 minute/mile average pace. The first 5 miles ended up being just over 8:20 average due to running with a much faster group of runners, Mark Coleman's KatyFit ATP runners. I will run with them again next Saturday, but will try to keep the mile pace a little more consistent.
Today's 'long' run was only 12 miles but it was hardly easy. Our small group of 4 runners took off at just after 0630A and by then it was already in the 80's, with - of course - high humidity. Fortunately the route was quite shady and we had a sag wagon with cold drinks, grapes, bananas and pretzels every 2 miles. One worrying note: my left heel is starting to act up with more pronounced plantar fasciitis symptoms. More icing and stretching ahead and I will be making an appointment with a podiatrist on Monday
The last few days have been rough on the 'diet' front: too many fun calories, several restaurant meals and a few too many temptations around the house including some really nice peanut butter cookies. I'm thinking my next weigh-in may not be the best; will really have to suck it up on Monday and Tuesday to mitigate the damage.