setting the pace

October 15, 2009 at 7:50 pm 2 comments

i’m not going to list my mileage the last week and a half. it hasn’t been bad but it hasn’t been impressive either and honestly at this point i don’t think it will make a difference for me to detail it. i am now officially in taper. in 11 days i will be running my second marathon and i truly don’t know what to expect at this point. my body is not happy with me. it seems every day there’s a new pain to contend with. sometimes it’s minor, others i find myself worrying over, wondering if i can get past it all before the race. i’ve been trying to take it easy. to not push my lingering injuries too far. triguy keeps telling me i’m ready but the trick now is to simply make it to the starting line without a major issue. if i can make it there … i can make it to the end. it’s good advice.

this past saturday was my last long run. a third go at 22.5 miles. with 2 under my belt i felt pretty confident i could handle another but at 4 a.m. when i left my house it was 81 degrees out with 96 percent humidity and i knew it wasn’t going to be pretty. that turned out to be an understatement. this was by far the most brutal long run i’ve ever attempted. by mile 4 i was soaked to the bone with sweat. though we took the pace easy and paid extra close attention to hydration, at mile 18 a group of us tossed in the towel and called it quits. it seemed unneccessary. stupid even to push through another 4 1/2 miles.

so now all i have is the hope and faith that i’ve done enough. this week and next have some light mileage and this saturday calls for a “short” ten mile long run. go figure we are finally slated to get a cold front and starting temps should be in the upper 50s. ironic yet still desired to see how i fare in what is bound to be similar to race conditions. at this point i’m not sure where my goal stands. there’s a part of me that still dreams of the sub-4 but i need to be realistic. can i simply go to run without a goal? i think we all know better than that. i’ll let you know next week.

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body and mind my final hoo-rah!

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gr4c5  |  October 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

    mull this one over…it is snowing here.

    btw: you can do this. honestly.

    Reply
  • 2. sarah  |  November 4, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    looking forward to your post marathon blog. no pressure 🙂

    Reply

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