Which brings me to a (running) connundrum: if I find it difficult to go outside, let alone run, what the heck am I doing training for a marathon (my FIRST marathon) in the coldest four months of the year. I guess it will make me a stronger runner and hopefully (barring injury) I'll be able to complete 5 mars this year.
Anyway, as I said, I did a slow 6 miles today on the treadmill. I haven't "officially" started following my racing training schedule, but I figured I should at least try to up my mileage, which will be the most important part. I felt good after the run and surprisingly not very sweaty. I was running at a 10 minute mile pace, but compared to where I was this past winter when I started running, running 6 miles at a 10 minute mile and not even feeling terribly sweaty/fatigued is something I never thought I'd be able to say.
Cross-training tomorrow, hiking in Connecticut on Sunday, and then official race training starts Monday. I think this weekend, if I have time, I'm going to plan out my year of marathons and see if I can space them out well enough that I get a good variety of runs around the country (and perhaps even internationally) and also a decent amount of rest time in between each. I feel like if the guy who wrote the marathon book that I'm reading can run 50 marathons in 50 weeks, I can run 5 a year.
Make you a deal: you keep reading, I'll keep running.