The photo below says it all about this week--the most awesome week of our lives as we had our baby boy, Noah, on Friday morning. His arrival in our world signals a new life for Anne and me--a life that will bring even more joy. My priorities have suddenly shifted--all for the better. But I remain a hardcore runner....
PM: 6.5 miles at easy pace
Experienced dead legs and some lingering soreness from Sunday's hard run.
AM: 9 miles
Legs still really tired and worn out.
PM: Legs still really tired, but better than in the morning.
Total miles for day: 15
AM: 9-mile track workout
3X1600 at 5:34, 5:34 and 5:36 with a 400 meter recovery after the first and an 800 after the second. I was very pleased with my times even though my legs were still feeling pretty dead from Sunday's hard workout.
AM: 9.2 miles
Legs felt much better.
AM: 11.5 miles
Ran miles 3, 5 and 7 at marathon pace (6:41-6:45) and felt fairly bouncy and fresh, though nervous about the coming c-section. Got back to the house, showered and left for the hospital with my wife.
AM: 7 miles easy
My first full day of fatherhood--the second-greatest day of my life (the first being the previous day, when Noah was born). Felt bouncy and fresh despite a lack of sleep from Friday night. I would soon learn that 6 hours of sleep isn't a "lack of sleep."
PM: 6.5 miles easy
Ass dragging big time from about 3 hours of sleep from the night before. I'm having the time of my life with our son, Noah, but at the same time am a little concerned as to whether or not a sub-3 at the Cleveland Marathon will really be possible without sufficient sleep. The good news is that Anne seems devoted to helping me get some rest on Friday and Saturday nights.
Total miles for week: 63.5
The goal next week is to stay the course--Monday off, easy runs of 3-5 miles, and 3 one-mile repeats at the track at marathon pace, all followed by the Cleveland Marathon on Sunday morning. The most important goal, though, is to treasure this time with Noah and my wife before I have to go back to work.