Oh spring, where art thou? When I got up this morning it was 40 degrees. By 11:00 it was already above 70, and when I left work at 4:30 it was well over 80 and uncomfortably humid. It's like we went straight from winter to summer in under six hours. This happens every year, but I'm never ready for it. I certainly have not adjusted to run in this weather, so I will have to get up early tomorrow (which is projected to be warmer than today) and get my 10 miles in before it gets too hot. Tomorrow I want to do those 10 miles at my marathon race pace (8:30-8:35) so I do not need any obstacles such as unpleasantly warm temperatures.
This weather is perfect, however, for kicking back with a beer (or two) which is what I'm currently doing on the patio seating area of my favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor. I've had a Bell's Oberon and I'm now working on a Stoudt's Pale Ale. I'm off to my last classical music concert of the season after this, and I decided to treat myself to some al fresco dining. It's the first day where I didn't feel like I needed to have a jacket on hand when outside. Of course, I also don't want to look like a weird loser who's eating dinner on a Friday evening by herself, so that's what liveblogging via iPhone is for: so I look like a weird, albeit hip with the latest technology, loser who's dining alone.
This weekend marks the apogee of my training for Cleveland. With 10 miles tomorrow and 22 on Sunday I will close the door on the bulk of my training and begin my slow steady glide toward M-Day, a mere 3 weeks and 2 days hence.
I can't believe it's almost here. Sitting where I am at the moment (outside, in sandals, skirt, and short-sleeved shirt), I've almost lost sight of the fact that I started training the second week in January. All those weeks of pitch black predawn runs, snow and ice encrusted sidewalks and streets, frozen fingers, ears, and nose, the stillness of the mornings, shuffling through freshly fallen snow, feeling like I was the only one left on earth...did I really experience that? Yes. Over three months ago I started on this, my marathon journey, and now the end is almost here.
But first, dessert!
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