2.3 miles easy, avg pace 6:42/mile. That concludes the training block! Tomorrow, like a young kid at Christmas, I wait to see if I've earned a great gift or coal!
This has honestly been the most fun I've had building for a marathon. Ben and Ken have been with me through the whole thing. It's rare that I have company on my toughest and longest workouts, as no sane person would want to join in. But they've done it all with me this time. I've seen them and myself grow stronger, faster, and more confident.
This block has included hard work, yes, but also smart work. It's our smartest buildup yet.
I've enjoyed seeing my brother, Denver, almost every morning this buildup and throughout all the cold days of winter out there dedicated and determined. Running and training with the crew and me, has brought him a happiness that wasn't there just a year ago. I'm so proud of him!
This block has felt like a team effort, and it has been. I appreciate the crew for being out there with me every morning while the world sleeps. I appreciate my wife, willingly taking a back seat with her training and taking on more than her share of watching our kids, so that I can train for this marathon. She has goals and aspirations too, but she's been incredibly selfless and supported me 100%. I appreciate my parents watching my kids several days, mornings, and even overnight so Amy and I could train. I appreciate those on this blog and others on Strava who have encouraged me, especially our Irish friend John for helping me tailor this training schedule to maximize my fitness.
Whatever happens tomorrow, whatever I am able to accomplish may appear as an individual achievement, but the truth is, it's been a team effort, and I will do my best the make the team proud tomorrow morning!