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A month of firsts: marathon training, pace runs, and ... swollen feet?

Sunny Day! Tomorrow morning, I'll get out in what will probably be a very wet and rainy morning to get my 6 miles, and near one hour, of 'pace' running in for the week.  As a runner who is new to training for a race, and with no goal time in mind for this event, I do not really know what to aim for in a pace.  I've read something about doing a 5K and taking that time and doing some math... and in the end you end up with a marathon "goal time and pace"...

How have you trained to a 'pace' for your races?

Over the past week, I have found that wearing my favorite pair of shoes is becoming... uncomfortable.  It seems that I am either sliding around in the shoe more on the downhill, or suddenly, my feet are larger than they were previously.

Have you found that your feet swell (and stay swollen) when running with greater frequency?  (and more importantly... will none of my summer heels fit, either?)

This weekend I was able to get out and run - not with the usual group of gals, we were all off on our own due to schedule conflicts this week, but I ran on my own on one of my favorite routes, taking my time, taking pictures... Catching all the lovely I could spot and giving it immortality in the digitized world:

Absolutely gorgeous river views...

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Can you see the big bird?

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One last glance back down the river.

A big thanks to all the runners out there sharing their knowledge and experience.  I really appreciate your openness, and the time you have spent researching to determine what works for you.  I feel so lucky to be a part of a community that is so willing to teach one another about our sport!

I have run 57.9 miles for the month of June (thus far), and filled about 20 of those in the past week.  I plan to do weekly updates from now on as I continue this marathon training adventure... Look for a post this weekend for the end of training week 4!

with joy in running (and all things), ~Alaina

A long, lonely run, and a song.

Why I run: Part II