I'm back from a wonderful vacation at the Outer Banks. Pretty much the only thing accomplished on the trip was officially kicking off week one of the marathon training schedule. Well, that and watching sunsets like the one above, lounging by the pool and the ocean. We did have a kayak for the week so I guess I got in some upper body exercise a few days too. It was great, just the kind of vacation I needed. Normally, I like to jam pack vacations with activities but I was quite content just to get away and relax on this one - it had been awhile.
First thing each morning, I woke up and ran the planned mileage for the day. My longest run was 8 miles while the others were all scheduled between 3-5. There were days I wanted to go longer, but I am trying to stick to the plan. The strange thing? I'm so glad to be back in PA where there are hills to run. All that flat terrain was boring after awhile. Yesterday's run was 9 miles and it felt better than those on vacation and I really think it was the up and down of hills.