|Good Puppy...it's OK|
So, yesterday I had a 12-miler on my schedule. Not sure if you remember the my last disastrous attempt at 12 miles. I'm not going to lie. I was pretty anxious about this second attempt. I wanted it to go well, and, while I didn't run the same route as last time, there were still some pretty good hills on this route (as is the case with all my runs...they're unavoidable). I started out ultra-conservatively to try to keep some gas in the tank for the later miles. Turned out to be a dream run!! I felt good the whole time, and my last miles were actually faster than the earlier miles, which I frequently struggle with. I felt great during the run AND after the run. Yay!! I feel like right now I could complete a half-marathon (which I will at this race in Sacramento, CA in October), and that makes me very satisfied with my progress.
My "official" marathon training starts next week...yikes! I have spent the last 4-5 months just building a solid mileage base. Thinking of running that 26.2 miles distance still gives me some anxiety, but I am confident that I am doing what I am supposed to. I have gone from short run paces of 10:45/mile to now knowing that I can run about a 9:45 pace for at least 6 miles. My long runs have increased from 4 miles to 12 miles. The fact that I can run 12 miles right now with no injuries to report whatsoever makes me pretty confident that my training plan is working and that I will be ready to go come December 4!! Yes, marathon, you who kicked me in the patooty about 4 1/2 years ago and made me vow to never run another one will be my friend this time around...got it?? And, this time, I won't arrive limping across the finish line, but running strong and confidently!
|Yes, like this!!|