Since then, I moved, and although training around my new hilly neighborhood was tough, I think "The Ukrainian" and I did okay. We started vamping up in September, running 10 miles, 12, 15, stepped down a bit, and then took a break when we went on vacation. Before we knew it, it was December, so we managed to fit a 16 (+ .4)-miler and what was supposed to be a 20-miler that became more like an 18-miler because we both had colds.
Then, it was back to our usual 3-4 mile morning jaunts, followed by "The Ukrainian" getting what I assumed was the flu.
I made egg drop soup to celebrate, erm, rectify, the situation.
Thankfully, I had gotten a flu shot, though I felt a little run down fighting it off and still recovering from the earlier bout. So there has been very little running around here. I have otherwise been keeping active, though, with my various videos.
With just six days remaining, I plan on going on a few short runs to get myself used to doing that again. And eating well.
Homemade pizza (my first time making my own crust)!
In spite of everything, I think I AM ready, as ready as I have been for other races. I feel like I still have a good amount of endurance, and perhaps some fresh mental energy that comes from not burning out. As you can probably guess, I don't have any terribly lofty goals for this race, though I do hope to relax and try to enjoy myself as much as possible. And yes, I'm aiming for about 4:30-4:40, which is dismal but about all I can strive for at the moment.