Thoughts about and during an 8-mile run
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Race date: October 17, 2010, Columbus Marathon
This will be my first marathon. Running a marathon is not something I always dreamed of doing. It evolved out of cycling, riding a century, a friendly challenge to run a 5K (thanks BILLALEX70!) a year ago, running my first half marathon in March, loving it and running another one in May. The part of me that loves a challenge says, ďIf you enjoyed running 13.1 miles, why not run 26.2?Ē (insert evil laugh)
I can honestly say that I have enjoyed virtually all of my training runs, regardless of their length, with the exception of the one where I fell and injured my hands, which are still healing two weeks later. I enjoyed running 16, 18 and then 20 miles. I laughed at my nearly 13 mile fallback run last weekend! So why did this 8 mile midweek run loom so large in my head? We had previous midweek runs of 5, 6, and 7 miles, but itís not like 8 miles is that much longer, really. For starters, my husbandís work schedule this week was not going to allow me to do my runs at ďo-dark thirty,Ē to quote my neighbor. That means I leave the house between 5:00 and 5:30, am. Iím not a huge fan of getting up early, but I do love getting my run done and out of the way before the kids are even awake. I would have to wait until I could drop off my daughter at 9:00, when the sun is up.
As Iím running today Iím pondering all of this. My body feels tighter than usual and I feel like Iím working so much harder while running slower. Have I become a vampire runner?! The thoughts going through my head are something like this: even with my visor the sun is making me squint, keep drinking, Iím keenly aware of every ďlandmarkĒ along my route instead of just running and listening for my Garmin to beep, keep drinking, why is there always a headwind in Ohio, how much water do I have left, donít forget that you have another 6 miles tomorrow so you donít want to blow it all on this one this week, thereís another 20 on SaturdayÖ Get the idea?
I do know that Iím stressed about tomorrow. The boys have a late start so they donít get on the bus until 10:35 and Iím keeping a couple of neighbor kids; it will be almost 11:00 before I can start my run. Oh, and did I mention that itís hot here again? 90ís Iím thrilled with the sunshine, but the temps are killing me. At least itís not been humid.
Iím really not sure what to do with all of those thoughts, but maybe putting them down here will help. There you go, a glimpse into my running mind! Run very far, run!! LOL