Saturday, August 13, 2011
I ran 18.63 miles of the marathon course this morning. It seriously kicked my butt. The marathon distance is scaring the bejeebies out of me. 7.57 more miles. Yikes. I really struggled just to finish toward the end of today's run. I'm not sure I can run the marathon without having a very angry last 10 miles. I find I'm generally in good spirits with my long runs until mile 15 and then it is hard, hard, hard. Thanks to my running partners Erika, Emily and Dave for pulling me though the last of it or I might have cut the run short otherwise. The run left me deflated and I'm contemplating switching to the half marathon. We'll have to see what the next few weeks of training brings. I want to enjoy the marathon experience and not leave it cursing after mile 15, wondering what the heck I got myself into. I run because I love it. I'm not competitive so I want to keep the experience fun. If I'm cursing the last half of the marathon, well, that's not so fun. Only time will tell. Thankfully I have a half marathon on the race calendar for next week, with Erika, Emily, Dave, and another Emily E.. Like the fall marathon, it's another new race for the area. I'm super excited for it and I'm happy to only have to run 13.1 miles. Funny, because I thought I'd never hear myself say that. I'm pretty sure I have told Emily E. on a run, that I could never do a half marathon. I eat my words.
Posted by Carrie