We were running laps around a gigantic track. Not just a kinda big one, I mean can't-put-into-words huge track. Standing one one of the straight-aways, I couldn't even see the other side.
Mostly, we ran together, like we usually do. Our run was filled with the regular chit-chat. We kept going and going and going.
Coach Lauren magically seemed to appear to keep us going and motivated - and to remind us that we were doing a 24-hour run. That's right, running for 24-hours non-stop.
The funny thing was, we weren't overly concerned about it. We counted the hours, rather than miles. We didn't have any aches or pains. We didn't get tired. We just ran.
At one point, I took a break to meet TC and his parents for dinner. Somehow, Coach Lauren magically appeared again.
So it was back to the track for me. After all, I had a 24-hour run to complete.
Luckily, it was all a dream...
Yes, that was my actual dream from last night. It really makes me smile and even laugh out loud a bit.
What's it mean? It's pretty obvious that running and training - and even TNT and Coach Lauren - are definitely on my mind. Trying to balance that with other personal, family and work obligations will be a challenge.
Lauren's plan (the real-life Boston Marathon training plan, not that 24-hour run) has me running five days a week and strength training on two days. If I stick to the schedule, I get one day off.
Not surprisingly, I find myself trying to fit in the training runs amid all of the other obligations - and even sleep!
So far, so good. Believe it not, I'm actually getting to like getting up and running before work - even in the dark and cold. (Please don't tell anyone.)
I just wrapped up my highest mileage month - ever - at 103 miles of running in November. The past two weeks, I've had around 30 miles a week. And I feel great about it.
Perhaps I just have to convince my subconscious now?
**REMEMBER, I'm running the Boston Marathon to help save lives!**
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