Monday, May 28, 2012
Normally on the weekends, my husband does his long run on Saturday and I do mine on Sunday. Saturday we had some major storms roll through our area so we postponed our runs by a day since we had the holiday weekend.
I had a hard time even getting out of bed this morning. To be honest, my head was getting in the way. Two weeks ago was my 18 mile run and it wasn't at all pretty; everything that could have gone wrong did, and I spent the next two weeks agonizing about whether or not I'd bit off more than I could chew by signing up for a full. See, I'd done 13 miles several times, and that distance is nothing to sneeze at; but what I'm finding (for me anyway) is that every mile past 13 really feels like 2. I know a lot of it is in my head, but I'm not one of those folks who running comes easily too; I really have to work at it.
When 18 went so poorly, I was glad that I had only 13 the following week. I spent a lot of time thinking about how hard I've worked to get to this point in my training. I know that I've put in the time needed to do this, I just needed to learn to trust the training and trust that I am fit and strong enough to do this!
Fast forward to today, and I was working hard to get out of my own head. I did my pre-run morning routine and before I knew it, it was time to head out the door. Because I'm not a huge fan of carrying water and Gu with me, I do a series of loops back to our house. My first was 6 miles, the second was 5. I felt awesome. Everything was going so well. I headed back out for the same 6 mile loop that I started with, only this time the temp was creeping up. I decided to carry water with me because I thought that I might be able to push the loop out even a little further. I managed to make it 7, which brought me to 18 miles. I felt great, but needed a bathroom break--then headed back out for my final two. I had to dig deep, but managed to knock it out in about 3 hours and 37 minutes. Those last 2 miles were tough, but do-able. I feel like with the added adrenaline of a race, a four-and-a-half-hour marathon is completely reasonable for me.
I'm resting and icing, and SO EXCITED for the taper to begin! 19 days until Grandma's Marathon!!!!