Sunday I will set out to conquer a new beast: 29 miles.
I would be lying if I was I was not
Now all I need to do is dig in deep and find the guts. Find that determination I have had for the past 18 months and use it on Sunday. Every time we set out to do something more grueling than we have done before it is scary, it is intimidating, but this is what makes it a challenge. And we all know I love a good challenge.
I am used to hearing the 'you are crazy' talk, I am used to hearing wow that is far, I have never heard of a training plan that goes beyond 20. I went past 20 awhile ago. My toughest run was 23. I totally boinked at mile 21 and almost passed out by mile 23 I collapsed when I got home and T almost called 911. So what did I do? Researched, asked questions, and learned a lot before the next long run of 26. I made a new plan and stuck to it. And 26 went great 3 weeks ago.
That is the simple beauty in this marathon training plan. I have had more dress rehearsals for the real thing. I know how my body will respond after running for 4 solid hours, I know how to fuel it and keep it working. I know my legs may feel like they want to quit but if I switch around my music it will get me motivated.
I guess the most daunting part will be those first few miles at 445 am in the dark and cold. And a bit lonely. Running alone for 4 and a half hours gives you lots of time to think about things. I come up with some good ideas while I am running :) Some of them make no sense once I get home but hey it passes the time right?
So I am staring down this run on Sunday and looking forward to getting it over with.
I know 29 will be different and a whole new challenge. I am not saying it will not be hard, I am just planning to use my plan that worked for 26 and hoping I can make it to watch my Patriots Sunday night ;)
Do you find your training plan to be a bit 'crazy' ?