I've done an easy week preparing for the Utah Valley Marathon in a few days.
Monday, June 7th 2010: 4 miles @ 9:08 per mile pace. Times for each mile were 10:06, 8:36, 8:57, and 8:35. Dragging myself out of bed at 5:00am after a late night was challenging.
"When you run in the morning, you gain time in a sense. It's like stretching 24 hours into 25. You may need to sleep less and get up earlier, but if you can get by that, running early seems to expand the day."
~ Fred Lebow, founder of the New York City Marathon
Wednesday, June 9th 2010: 3 miles @ 9:43 per mile pace. My friends Darrel and Logan caught me during the run so I did one hill repeat with them (although probably not technically a "repeat" if you only do one.)
One potential area of interest is the weather forecast for the marathon. Over the course of the next few days, the high temp is projected to drop more than 30 DEGREES with a high of 61 and low of 48 with scattered thunderstorms. I don't mind a little rain, and I'd MUCH rather be colder than hotter, so the forecast sounds perfect to me. Hopefully we won't be drenched.
We are heading for northern Utah tomorrow. I'm sure I will be exhausted after the race. I may look like I got ran over by a train. But hopefully I won't look as bad as this boy/girl/thing: