Instead, I fell asleep in my son's bed at a little after 8pm. My wife came and got me at 9:30pm and I switched into our bed and slept the night away. I slept until 6am or so - and I didn't feel like I was about to keel over (like I have been feeling for about the past week when I woke up).
I went out for a morning long run. I had only run 6 miles so far this week, so 6 miles was the maximum distance for me.
I took it slow - and decided that I would walk if my heart rate was over 160 bpm. I pretty much stuck to that - for the first 5 miles anyway. I think that my body is still fighting off whatever sickness it had a few weeks ago, which is making me need more sleep (although I was getting less sleep until a few days ago because of the hours I was putting in at work) and I'm still a bit congested. I have to remember to bring tissues on my next few runs...I ended up doing a farmer's blow about 2.75 miles into my run this morning - it would have been earlier, but I was running in a residential development and didn't want to do that on anyone's lawn...
So, next week I'll try to get four runs in. I'll try to follow the Higdon's Novice 2 plan for now - so that would be runs of 3 miles, 5 miles (pace), 3 miles and 8 miles.
I really don't know what to do about that pace run. I don't yet have a time goal in mind for this marathon. I would love to run a 4:30, but that would be close to a 30 minute improvement over my first marathon - plus my best half marathon is a 2:13 - so this would be like running two of those back-to-back. I'm not sure that's going to be an achievable goal. (Then again, I think that if I ran a half marathon during my marathon training last year, that I definitely would have been under 2:10...)
I also received my fundraising page for the Run 2 Remember team. I'm also a bit anxious about this part of the program. It's a pretty wonderful story why I'm doing this marathon, and I want to be able to express it the best I can. I'll likely have the full post about it on the blog and write a summary on the fundraising page with a link to the longer post here....but that still means I need to compose it here! When will I put that together? Will it be good enough?
I need to take a deep breath. Take it one thing at a time. Just like running - one foot in front of the other...eventually I'll get to the finish line. I always do! :-)