TITLE: Two Months to the Starting Line AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: March 02, 2009 3:13 PM DESC: ----- BODY: running the compound at SugarLoafPLoP 2004 Two months from today is the Indy 500 Mini Marathon. That means I have nine weeks two work myself back up to 13 miles -- not racing shape, such as that is for me, just good enough shape to cover the distance without risking life or limb. Given that my most recent news of two was managing two runs in a single week, even the lesser goal is a bit daunting. The good news is that I ran three times the week before last and four times last week. Those four runs totaled just a bit less than a half-marathon: 13 miles even. Yet I ran four times in a week for the first time since October. Hurray! I'll set as aggressive an ascent as I can manage over the next couple of months, raising my long run by a mile or two each week. This is what I have in mind: 5, 6, 8, 5, 8, 10, 12, 10, and then the half. Dropping back to 5 one week helps the body incorporate the mileage and recover a bit. I can probably get with nothing more than a 10-mile long run, if that is necessary. But if I can manage a 12-miler, I'd like to, for my confidence and sanity before the race. The overriding consideration will be health, trying to build back up without a recurrence of the symptoms that have gotten in the way since, oh, last May 2. What an anniversary race that will be. The last two weeks have left me hopeful but wary. I don't yet feel quite right, but I feel better than I have in a while. At least the weather is beginning to turn a bit. Spring is in the offing. Though we had some cold weather over the weekend, the sun has moved higher in the sky and is lasting longer. Today, the outside looks almost as nice as the sun day in the photo above, taken by one of my workshop colleagues at SugarLoafPLoP 2004. 4 degrees of latitude below the equator creates a different set of conditions for running than most days in Iowa, yet in the end it is all the same: accept the challenge offered by today, and see where you can go. In Fortaleza that day, the challenge was a hot sun and a powerful humidity. The run was wonderful. I can only hope for runs as nice over the next two months. -----