Its time for me to head out of town for a few days. I'm taking a much earned trip to Las Vegas. Hopefully I won't be leaving all of my money there. I might also be taking my longest break from running since I was sick in January. I'll be gone 5 days. I'm going to bring my shoes and some gear, but it is Sin City, so I don't know if I'll get a run in.
I actually won't feel too guilty if I don't get a run in. I've been loosely following the Hansons Marathon Method training plan to get a feel for what things will be like when I actually follow the plan starting in June to train for the Chicago Marathon. Even though I'm loosely following the plan, its really helped me increase my mileage. In the last 2 weeks alone I've covered 87 miles which would actually rank as my 3rd highest monthly mileage ever... even though its only 2 weeks worth of runs. I capped things off today with my longest run ever at 16 miles. The 16 miles is actually the longest run the plan has you do vs the 20 miles most marathon plans have scheduled for training. The key difference here is you're working with cumulative fatigue from running more consecutive days and have harder days before the long run so those 16 miles feel like the last 16 of the marathon. Your body gets used to those tired miles and adapts, hopefully making it so you never hit the wall during the actual marathon.
Anyhow... Don't miss me too much while I'm gone. This is actually Vegas trip #1 of 2 this year. I'm heading back for Rock n Roll Las Vegas in November. I can't wait!