I have written and re-written this post, it is LONG and SAPPY so hang with me...
When I crossed the Finish Line of Marathon #1 I felt DEFEATED, DRAINED, TIRED and I said to Muscle Man "Never Let me do that Again!" And I meant it....in that moment I meant it 333%. The trouble with Marathon #1? I was so nervous and had put so much pressure on myself that my body (including bladder) totally gave out. I thought that two Half Marathons equalled a Marathon and I did not respect the distance.
Today less than a year later I have one sleep left to Marathon #2. And I feel AMAZING!! I am not nervous. I keep waiting for the nerves to come, but so far I remain excited and at peace. I have done all that I can to prepare for this, to prepare for the distance. This training cycle I have made some key changes.
1. I trained with a group, meeting friends and learning from coaches along the way. The enjoyment spent on the weekend long runs cannot be matched. I looked forward to the training and NEVER worried about the distance to come the following week.
2. I followed a detailed plan with hills, tempo runs, intervals, and 3 x 20+ runs with tempo pace at the end. I hit my paces and faster. I learned that I can hit negative splits and even hit a sub 8 minute mile after running 18+ miles. CONFIDENCE!
3. I BELIEVE!! Each run I have learned more about myself as a runner. I know that I can run through pain, weather and hills. I am strong and 26.2 is a challenge I have trained hard for.
16 Weeks through cold, rain, sore legs, high altitude of Colorado, 2+ weeks of sickness, yucky mid day ponytail at work, early mornings, sweaty spandex, missing my kids and hubby, pre-long run spagetti, morning peanut butter muffin, Gu's and chomps, huff and puff conversations and plugging in my Garmin with a smile..
Why do I want to Run the Eugene Marathon and Qualify for Boston? BECAUSE I CAN!!! The Athlete inside has something to prove..I pushed her aside for a long time and she is ready to shine.
****All I have to do on Sunday at 7AM PST is RUN. Put one foot in front of the other. Each step taking me closer and closer to the Finish Line. The only pressure is put there by me. I am not nervous, I am EXCITED! Excited because I have found my inner athlete and she is having FUN! Competing on my terms, with nothing and no one in my way.
- Sunday morning with your coffee come track/stalk me.....You will know the result, but the story, that will come soon. Good or bad?? Anything can happen on Marathon day!!
Go to the Eugene Marathon Website HERE and track #797
#797= Wife, Mother and Runner, whose limits are yet to be determined.
#797= Tall Mom on the Run about to PR and BQ!!
I will check in on the Flip side of 26.2. I will carry all of you with me along the way of my 26.2 VICTORY LAP, the end of 16 long weeks of amazing training/growing/learning. I am not intimidated, I am ready, I am TALL MOM and I am a MARATHONER!!! Running in the Footsteps of Legends...