Monday, April 27, 2009
When I first started this marathon training I did a lot of reading, looking for advice and tips. One mans tip was to "not bore your friends and family with your training schedule." I understand where he's coming from, but at the same time this is something i'm doing with my life right now, so i'm going to ignore his advice. I guess if it bores you, don't read it. :) This race training has been such an empowering experience for me. My first "long" run was 5 miles and I told Brent that I didn't think I would be able to make it. Before that, I was only running 1-2 miles max. But I did it, then I did 6, then 7...and on Saturday morning I went out for my 17 mile run. This was by far my best run. I finally started using some "energy gel" packets during my run, they taste absolutely disgusting, but I had so much more energy then previous weeks. It helped my confidence to finally have a long run where I didn't have to stop and walk. It makes me feel like I can really do this. On the downside I got stung by some stinging nettle while making a "pit stop." One of the hazards of long-distance running that you don't hear about. :) That stuff hurts! (on my legs!) I only have two more long runs before our schedule cuts back on distance before the actual race. The group that is running is renting a house on the coast so we are looking forward to a great weekend with friends, food and lots of running! I really didn't think I could EVER run a marathon and it's exciting to think that maybe, just maybe I can.