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Confidence to Doubt Ratio is...

Sunday, February 17, 2013

...VERY GOOD.

I was online in the wee hours and maybe wasn't thinking clearly when I signed up for this challenge on Strava.com:
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March 2013 Long Run
Run 20 miles in a single run.
03/01/2013 03/10/2013
12 Days Until Challenge Starts
2,631 Participants Entered

The second test of fitness in your preparation for an April Marathon. As part of the Marathon Training Series, Strava is challenging you to run 20 miles in a single run, on any day between March 1st-10th.
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So the piper is going to have to be paid and I'm not sure how it will go.

Lately, I've worked my way up to a 17 mile run. Tomorrow, if the weather is as predicted, I'm going to try a twenty mile pre-test. I mapped an out-and-back run along the Susquehanna river that only deviates about seventy-five feet in elevation. For all intents and purposes, that is a flat run even though it rolls a bit. I'm pretty sure I can do it without injuring myself. If I do feel something developing, I'll bail and walk back to the car. I have all the time in the world.

Still confidence is high and calories and fat will be burned.

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MEXGAL1 2/18/2013 10:43AM

    wow, good for you!
Go for it!

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STRIVERONE 2/17/2013 10:03PM

    @Mobycarp-
Well I've got a lot of respect for people who's normal speed is 30% faster than mine. :)

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STRIVERONE 2/17/2013 9:59PM

    @ Luvlylorelei-
Sorry, no trail along the Susquehanna. Its a 10 mile stretch from Afton to Sidney either straight out and back on CR 39 or cross the river and loop back on Route Seven. Its a fairly level, pretty, rural run w/o excessive vehicular traffic.

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STRIVERONE 2/17/2013 9:52PM

    @ Boilham-
Certainly good advice, and when I feel any joint or tendon irritation coming on, I follow it. I am holding the Galloway method in reserve while I find out what may abilities are. They certainly are not to run fast, but they may be to run long. I had written somewhere that my goal is the training and the competition is just a tool to keep me working out.

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LUVLYLORELEI 2/17/2013 8:57PM

    Good luck with your run! Running along the river sounds great! They have a 20-mile trail (give or take whatever distance) on the Susquehanna? I never checked. Of course I'm not yet in running shape, but that will come in time, Anyway, that's awesome! Sounds like an exhilarating run!

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MOBYCARP 2/17/2013 8:56PM

    17 miles, plus 2 increments of 10%, gets you over 20 miles. Sounds simple.

It doesn't seem so simple now that I'm trying to stretch my distance. I ran 9 miles today, and definitely did not have another 4 miles in the legs when I got done. I'm finding new respect for folks who can train for marathons, and I'm only trying to train for a half!

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BOILHAM 2/17/2013 7:46PM

    I always incorporate walking into my long runs. Always. It keeps my 66 year old body intact and injury free. In the beginning I was embarrassed to walk, but I kept getting sore knees, feet and ankles. I learned to not be so competitive and am enjoying myself more, am pain free and have more confidence.
Take care, let us know how it goes.
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