I just finished Hal Higdon’s book Marathon and it’s a great resource for runners. I am about to do my last 20 mile run tomorrow, then I will gradually decrease mileage (taper) for three weeks until June 3rd, the day of the Rock and Roll Marathon! This book really gave great advice, I picked up some useful ideas. It provided motivation for me. Long miles get lonely and one can feels as if she’s the only one out there doing this. The book had all sorts of runners’ stories about trial and error, strategies, mental focus games for long runs and more.
I really like Hal Higdon’s work. He has been running since his high school days and is in his late 70s. He has run over 100 marathons in his life! And a few times he won! His best times were in the 2 hours 20minutes range – whew. Anyway, his coaching style is genuine and straightforward – and friendly too. I feel like I would get along with him quite well if we ever met in person.
On another note, Joe and I have been housesitting for Mary and Kristi this week. The book is Kristi’s :) I had intended to read more of their books but time got away from me! I had a great week! I dubbed this week “the official Jenny vacation week”. I spent in the mornings reading and having breakfast outside on the deck or running, midday swimming in their pool and then lying in the sun for a couple hours, afternoons going out or cooking, and evenings watching movies from their plentiful DVD library while cuddling on the couch with Joe. Oh my goodness it has been a great week. I don’t want it to end! Part of the vacation terms was that there would be NO KNITTING at all. But back to work I go very soon :) Can’t wait to housesit again!