Nine weeks to go, and I'm already beyond the highest weekly mileage I ran in 2008 (34 miles). I'm only 11 miles shy of my highest ever monthly tally (133 miles). I knew I would be running more this year as I trained for the Akron Marathon, but I didn't expect to be in my personal no-man's land so soon.
I'm not even halfway through my training plan. There are bigger challenges ahead and many pitfalls to avoid.
This week will culminate in my first 20-miler of the year, pushing me into my first 40-mile week ever. I will peak at 43 miles (twice) next month when I run the Summer Un-Solstice Challenge with Martini in three weeks and log my second 20-miler in six weeks.
The goal is always to stay healthy while covering the miles. So far, I've missed only one, hopefully inconsequential four-miler. I'm just trying to take this training season day by day, run by run. As my grandma always said, "Any day I don't shit my pants is a good day."