Friday, November 17, 2006

TGIF

Friday 10.0 miles/1:21:24/8:09 average pace

My Goal Marathon Pace run was tough this morning. Ugggh. My legs felt heavy, I was breathing hard, and I had a side cramp practically the whole time. And it was mentally tough, because as I struggled I was thinking all kind of negative thoughts about the marathon. Like telling myself I can't hold that kind of pace for 26 miles. I know that's not true, I know I CAN do it, but blech.

Every run this week was kinda blah for me, I just was not into it. So I'm not surprised this run kind of sucked and wiped me out. But I am really proud that I did it, and that I kept such a strong pace, no matter how hard it felt!!

So to counter all the negative thoughts, here are some positive ones: I am in week 10 of the hardest training I've ever done, and this week is only a few miles shorter than previous weeks. The taper officially begins NEXT week. So I am as exhausted and worn out as I will be. I will spend the next two weeks recovering and my body will get stronger and stronger with that recovery. I have 10 weeks of hard core training to look back on and feel good about. I have KICKED ASS!!!!!!!!!! Even if I don't run the marathon, I am so proud of myself. I never thought I could run 50 miles a week, let alone do it 6 weeks in a row or whatever. I was so intimidated by this program before I started. I really had my doubts. But I did it! I have completely exceeded my expectations. I rock. I know I have doubts about my marathon, but that's just how I work. Deep down, I know I will rock it. I know that in the next couple of years I will run a marathon in 3:30, maybe faster. This is nothing.

5 comments:

Arcaner said...

Trust the training. Pfitz's plan is tough but once you've finished it, you'll be good to go come race day. Congrats on getting this far. I'm sure you'll do well.

Anonymous said...

You have the right idea. When you get down (which happens when you up your mileage) take a breath and think of all of the things you are able to do now that you couldn't do before you reached that point. A couple weeks from now when you are deep in the taper, you will have the opposite problem. You will be trying to hold back when you feel like going for a 20 mile run. Then you will have to trust your training in a different way. But you are doing it so give yourself a big pat on the back.

Saving in SF said...

You're right - you have done really great in the training and now you just need to relax and know you are going to run a great race. Good luck on your 5k!!

Saving in SF said...

Yes - I know you are training for a marathon - I mean good luck in the 5k on Turkey Day!

Anonymous said...

i am also very proud of you. and also very impressed. event if I don't say it enough you are one tough girl.
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