Normally I do my long runs on Sundays, but this week was a little different, with the Idiot run yesterday. So when I met up with Chad, Chris, and Todd this morning, I was planning on just an easy 6.3 mile loop.
Today also happens to be my 44th birthday.
A year ago today, I weighed about 30 pounds more than I do now, and the farthest I'd ever run was 6 miles less than what I ran yesterday. A year ago today, 6.3 miles was a tough run for me. A year ago today, I would have struggled to run 6.3 miles at an 8:36 pace. Today that counts as an "easy" run for me—and it's exactly what I did this morning.
Last night I went out for a birthday dinner with my wife, and found out that I have no dress slacks that fit me -- they're all about 3 inches too big around the waist. That tells you something about how often I get dressed up, but also something about what I've been doing for the last year, and especially the last 6 months.
It's been quite a year. Who knows what the next year will bring? When I started training to run a marathon, I figured I'd probably run just one. My running companions tell me that once I catch the bug, I won't stop. We'll see—I'll get back you in a year.
Week in review:
2991 feet elevation gain
499 feet average elevation gain
That's slightly fewer miles, but much more elevation gain than last week. Next week I'm going to take it a little easier, with just about 45 miles, including only a 15-mile long run. Then things get even more intense.