galloway, schmalloway: training regimens and google pedometer
i was curious to learn how far i ran today, so i traced my route on google maps pedometer. i'd heard about it on eszter's blog, i think, and once again she's directed me to something cool and useful. just type in your address, zoom in and double-click on your starting point, and double-click again each time you turn. i was surprised that i could easily trace my meandering route, including streets, trails, lake paths, and dog parks. the hybrid-satellite version of the map (such as the one shown in the picture) worked best for me.
i don't usually fret too much about mileage, but today was an exception. the twin cities marathon is seven weeks away and i was considering just baggin' it. i hadn't done any long runs since may's madison marathon and i'd been feeling rough the past few mornings.* still, i haven't skipped a tcm since 1994 and the cities are too beautiful to miss on crisp october mornings. so, i resolved to brave today's drizzle and at least try to put in 14 or 15 miles. if i could somehow get past the halfway point without injury, i knew i'd be good for 26.2 in october.
some runners religiously follow training schedules, but i've found it healthier to just run by feel.** if something hurts, take a few days off. if everything feels good, keep going as long as you enjoy it. according to google pedometer, i felt good for exactly 21.30 miles today. so, i'm officially finished training. now i can just enjoy running until october 7.
*on my best mornings, the person in the mirror bears a bizarre facial resemblance to a chubbier and stubblier version of madonna without makeup. when shaving this week, however, i've been staring back at a chubbier and stubblier version of a nick nolte or glen campbell mugshot.
**that said, anyone contemplating a marathon should probably try to work in one longish run each week and to try to stretch that run to about 18 or 20 miles sometime within a month or two of the race. it is probably easiest and safest to build up to this distance gradually and then taper with a couple light weeks prior to the race.