I also know that lifting weights is incredibly important part of training. I neglected that in the first marathon training regimen, and really really paid the price for it. I am now aiming for a 2:1 time ratio -- for every twenty minutes running, 10 minutes in the weight room. Lifting improves balance, strength, and, most importantly, regulates the amount of running such that it makes it harder to overrun and then hurt myself. The weights are tough and really hurt...much more of a struggle than running for me. Always has been, and I guess thats why I have never really worked on it. It was always much easier for me to go run 5 miles than spend an hour in weight room. But I know better this time. I think anyway.
This week also had some great fresh meals...steak, swordfish, tuna. And cut way back on alcohol. Dramatically. All part of it...training...losing wieght...getting back to where I want to be. So that when the gun goes off on race day, I am there ready, feeling strong.