Priority No. 1

After a week filled with morning-run failures, stomach issues and a second trip to the doctor for my coughing, I am very content right now to make sure I get back to full health before my "official" marathon training starts next month. The cut back on mileage this month has actually been nice. I did manage to have a couple of decent runs this week and both of them felt very refreshing. My legs are ready for increased mileage later this summer. I have to keep in mind the big picture -- I've built an awesome base in the first six months of the year to set myself up for an even better second half of the year. A bad week, or for me a bad two out of the last three weeks, isn't going to set me back that much since I've already done so much hard work. It's also kind of nice that 14.2 miles for a week is now labeled a "bad" week for me. I guess it's more about just feeling back in general.

I'm turning the corner though and am ready for the last third of this month. I won't go overboard with this goal, but I really want to get to 500 miles by June 30 to be at the half way point of my 1,000-mile goal for the year. I'm at 473.5 right now. As long as I'm feeling good over the next couple of runs, I'll go for it. If not, it's really not that big of a deal. Like I've said, my health is my No. 1 priority right now.