I'm running my first 1/2 marathon tomorrow morning. I've never run farther than 10 miles in a race, and that was a proud moment indeed. I ran that race in an even 9 minute miles, crossing the finish line at 90:33. I still have the picture taped to my fridge 2 1/2 years later. I wear that finisher shirt to tri's to remind myself I can be an endurance athlete.
So how did a half marathon become "just" 13 miles?
IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Because this tri geek alliance has me thinking marathons and 1/2 irons and aaaggghhhh IRONMAN!
I'd kind of like to run this 13 miles and think, damn girl you can run.
But noooooo. It's just a tune up. Just a practice run on the way to the bigger events.
It's the blessing and curse when I am training. When the 8th mile of 10 starts to feel awful, I chide myself with the thought, you think this is bad, what are you going to do when you have to swim 1.2 and bike 56 before this?
Low and behold, I suddenly have a little more in the tank. I'm suddenly lighter on my feet. What the ????
7 miles used to be a monumental accomplishment which said I could take the next couple workouts easy, now 7 is the warm up.
Curse you damn (blog) spot!
And Bless you.
For all who are racing this weekend, be safe, have fun and I'll see you Sunday to swap war stories.