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So, how come...?

Friday, March 23, 2012

On my vacation, I climbed this:

and this:

and this:

and hiked across about 40 miles of this:

So why is it that I keep thinking I can't run a half-marathon? How come I think that 13.1 miles with water stations every 2 miles or so is somehow harder than climbing a desert mountain in worn-out shoes with my whole day's water strapped to my back? Time to get serious about the training.

Oh, and let me add that my companions on two of those climbs were my 80-year-old dad and his 60-year-old neighbor. The 60-year-old was trying to think of what to train for next, after having done a 25K trail run (mountains and desert and canyon rims) in February. We didn't run together because she runs 2 1/2 minutes per mile faster than me!
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    I think there are two factors at play:
    1. 13 miles of running, without any particular reason (like being chased by a pack of wolves), seems just plain stupid to your brain - and many people will confirm to your brain that it's not incorrect by suggesting that you sit on your couch and relax
    2. it's a race!! so hurry, the pressure's on!

    My half was across the golden gate bridge... and back (and then 4 miles more). The idea of running across a really long bridge to then turn around and come back just seems ... abnormal? And doing it fast??! well, that's just crazy talk.

    Remember, when you were hiking to all these places, your objective was the goal, not getting there in under x hours/minutes.

    I used to feel like you. Then I decided that my goal was to do something awesome without tripping or falling, and not have the guy picking up the traffic cones behind me... and that's when running 13 miles seemed a lot more reasonable, even if it took me 3 hours.

    But I have to warn you. My half led to more mental instability in the form of a full marathon that took 7 hours :-)

    You've done 5k runs... if you haven't done the 10k, then upgrade to that.

    My logic was: It's just 2 back-to-back 5k runs, right? Then you may as well do the half, because it's just two 10k runs back-to-back, right? Or 4 5k runs... and what's a 5k? nothing! And then, you may was well do the full, because it's just 4 10k runs back-to-back - and that 10k was easy...

    True story. emoticon
    2276 days ago
    emoticon Awesome job!
    And yes, emoticon
    2281 days ago
    good job on the workouts on vacation. personally i think the run seems harder since its a run instead of just walking/hiking. it makes it seem easier to go on a hike with friends/family and it makes it fun vs the fear of a huge run. good luck! you can do it!
    2282 days ago
    I looked at a couple of Peakbagger-type sites, and the mountain in the picture with the long road in front of it is listed but has no claims/reports. I'm thinking about joining some sites just so I can say, "First!" (It's not very high, but it doesn't have any established routes. You have to follow animal trails.)
    2282 days ago
    That is totally cool !! What a fantastic vacation ! Love those photos. Hope to have a few vacation photos of my own posted in a few weeks. I'll be "hiking" along the canals of Amsterdam. LOL !!!

    Regarding your fear of trying a half marathon.

    I think that running that half marathon is a lot like trying to lose weight when a person has been overweight for years. We get stuck in a rut. We convince ourselves we won't ever lose. So we don't try because we don't want to be disappointed. Disappointment is what keeps a lot of people from losing weight as well as trying something new. We don't think we'll ever be successful. That rut gets awfully comfortable. Well, if we don't try, we won't succeed !

    At some point, you made a decision that you wanted to lose weight. You were ready to come out of your comfort zone to lose that weight. Well, now you need to come out of that comfort zone again to run that half marathon. You're going to have to take a leap of faith the same way as when you decided you wanted to lose weight.

    You won't be disappointed if you do ! You've already shown you can do it, now it's just a matter of making it official by crossing that finish line.

    Take that leap of faith !

    2282 days ago
    Wow, this is very cool! You are a little Peakbagger!
    2282 days ago
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