In order to start the actual marathon training on my birthday, I have to be able to run for 30 minutes, 4 times a week, for two weeks. I have three weeks to accomplish this in. I knew I could run for thirty minutes so long as I got past the psychological barrier of seeing my apartment and not being able to run past it.
Well, duh. Last night, as I quite failed to drift off to sleep due to insomnia (excitement about training), I realized that if I ran away from my apartment for 15 minutes, I couldn't get back any sooner than fifteen minutes, so I wouldn't have the psychological barrier. At the fifteen minute mark, I started back. I tried very hard not to run too fast in order to conserve energy, but I wound up running back faster than than when I ran out so I got back too soon. About a block before my apartment, at the 26 minute mark, I turned left rather than go home. I ran for 32 minutes today. That's five minutes longer than my previous personal best. I was tired when I got home, but I didn't feel too bad. My heart rate was too high, but I'll monitor that.
My only concern is my left leg. It's a bit sore and is the only thing which might cause a problem. I will only be running twice more this week (I'm going to go ahead and count Saturday's 22 minute run in with this week) and will be sure to take it easy. All of my pre-training runs will be limited to 30 or 35 minutes. I have no intention of overdoing it. Having to give up due to injury will really piss me off.
26.2 miles, here I come.