As per some questions: I have been following Higdon's Novice 2 program, but for me, I think the weekend long runs were a bit accelerated (I only have one marathon under my belt, and it was a struggle to finish that, so I am very much a novice marathoner). So, now in week 5, I've decided to keep the Novice 2 weekly runs, but switch back to Novice 1 weekend runs. We'll see how it works.
This morning, I'm actually up at this ungodly hour (currently, it's 5:05 am) b/c I'm meeting a running group at 6 am for the first time. I am pretty nervous: Did NOT sleep very well, tossed and turned, and when the alarm went off, I really felt like not getting out of bed. As I have expressed before, the idea of a running group mostly freaks me out, but as is also clear: I am not good with the long runs by myself -- and I must seek others if I'm going to be successful with this marathon training (trust me, it crossed my mind this morning that maybe -- to avoid the group running -- I should just not run Chicago; although, that thought has already crossed my mind in other forms as well, for now, I have to ignore those doubts).
So, I need to finish up my cup of coffee, get my shoes on, go to the bathroom and then skedaddle: instructions were quite firm as to the strict 6 am start time. I'll let you know how it goes.