1 month from today I will be able to say I finished my first half marathon. (um, I better be able to say it!)
I'm in surprisingly good shape - as in no real injuries *knocks on wood*. I have some sore legs, my knees act up, and I get shoulder pains. But its nothing I haven't been able to fight through.
My longest single run so far has been 7.3 miles. I have an 8, 9, 11, and 10 left before the race. My highest weekly mileage has been 20, which included two long runs. Provided I complete my 5 miles tomorrow and 8 on Sunday, this week will be 23. And the remaining weeks will increase from there. Hopefully my body can handle it.
I've been using the Garmin B got me for my birthday for all of my runs and its amazing.... I just haven't been able to fully utilize all the features yet (the heart rate monitor, pace alarms, etc.). Hopefully I'll find myself from free time to figure that out soon, but I'm not holding my breath.
My sneakers have about 240 miles on them. I got them last July, but haven't been running consistently. The rule of thumb is 300-500 miles. Having worked in a sports shoe store (no literally, it was called Sportshoe Center) and knowing how important the right shoe, and replacing that shoe at the appropriate time is, I'm starting to panic a little. Because I'll be over 300 miles by the race. But you shouldn't wear brand news shoes (or anything) at a race. So, I think I have to cough up the dough so I can run in them for a few weeks prior. And then I can just switch back and forth for a while until my current shoes turn into my dog walking, mud, gardening, everyday sneakers.
Since I'm cheap, and picky, I have to try and find my current shoes in my size, on sale somewhere. They came out with new ones, and the color choices are all ugly. Which stinks, because looking good is clearly the most important part of running.
My fundraising is going awesome. I have some very generous people in my life, that I am very grateful too! (Oh, and if you'd like to be one of them, go for it!) (Is it tacky that I just linked that twice? Yes? Oh well.)