Okay.... I took it easy this summer.... really easy. I ate, drank and was merry. I still ran, but not as much as usual. But I am back into the swing of things. I have signed up for a half marathon clinic and am just ending week four. The focus of this clinic is more speed based than distance based which is a bit of a departure from my previous training schedule. But all of this is good for me... at least that's what I keep telling myself. Actually I am enjoying pushing myself more than I had through the summer. It does give me a sense of accomplishment to make it to the top of my sixth hill and realize that I am not going to throw up despite how I felt at the mid way point.
I had mentioned a while ago that I would be running a full marathon in Greece this fall. So I have been trying to do the half marathon clinic and attempt to get my long run distance in over the weekend. So far its going ok. I think I mentioned that I will be running the marathon with Rick and Tracey. Tracey described our "race plan" perfectly - as a sight seeing tour. That's exactly how I'm looking at it. I still have enough respect for the marathon distance to know that I need to get my long training runs in as well. Its all about balance... and maintaining my sanity. I know their company will help during the race.
The other side of training, this summer I got really serious about yoga. I signed up for an early morning class Thursdays at 6 am. I've decided to continue with that class and take another one - vinyasa flow. I am totally excited. I have just completed the Yoga Journal 21 day challenge as well. Three weeks of yoga everyday. I can't believe how much better my whole body feels. Here is the link http://21daychallenge.yogajournal.com/ in case anyone is interested in checking it out.
Back to the running side of things. I have a few races before my half marathon and marathon planned. I'll fill you in on them as I complete them. It will be interesting after over a year of not running any distance under 21k how I do in a 10k again. I'll keep you posted...