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DUNERYDID!

I am currently training to run the Mercedes Marathon for a SECOND time this February.

Today, the Hal Higdon Novice 2 Marathon Training Program called for an 11 mile run.  Less than half way through the run, I was really struggling.

Hence, the following short conversation:

Brain:  So you really think that you’re going to run a marathon….

Me:  Why yes…YES…I do believe I will.

~AND THEN I JUST KEPT ON RUNNING~

It did get easier!  11 miles are officially in the books!

This reminds me of a quote that I can’t quite remember, but it goes something like this, “The man with the experience trumps the one with the theory.”

or

as one of my friends said to me one day……

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DUNERYDID!

a.k.a. 

Done already did. 

I have already. 

Been there, done that. 

Got the medal.

Doing it again.


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I’m in it for the Long Run, how about you?

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…and concerning real life…

If you base your whole future solely on what you’ve experienced thus far

…you may quit too soon! 

You have many more rewarding miles to go!

Those first 2 or 3 miles are always the toughest for me.  During yesterday’s long run, I had considered quitting after the first 2 miles almost led me to tears.

I’m happy to say…another satisfying 8 miles are officially in the books!  Yay me!

So how was your long run this weekend?


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I’m not really a dead armadillo…I just look like one…

will. can. DID!

I wrote CAN on my hand to look at as inspiration during the marathon. Upon completion, it was a good feeling to mark that out and write “did.”

 

On Saturday’s (beautiful & PERFECT) spring run, 7.5 miles, I found myself thinking…”Yay!  I don’t have to run 20 miles today!”

This winter during marathon training, when the schedule called for a 17+ mile run…I always wished I had a sign hovering over my head.  It would read something like this…”She really can run faster than this!  She’s already ran 17 miles this morning!”  My daughters would come home from school the following week and say, “My friends said they saw you running Saturday…they said you looked like you were in a lot of pain!”  It was slightly embarrassing…but in reality…nobody. really. cared. 🙂

I also remember when I actually ran 20 miles.  The longest distance that our training plan called for!

That # really played with my mind!

20 miles! What an accomplishment!

TWENTY MILES?!?  On race day, I will still have 6.2 MORE miles to run?  Is that even possible!?!  I barely even made it home without falling on the ground like a dead armadillo on the side of the road! (I was going to insert a picture right here…but they were all too morbid…you can just google them if you’d like 🙂 )

I’m here to say…YES!  It IS POSSIBLE!

“Your legs are not giving out.  Your head is giving up.  Keep going.” 

I just love that quote!

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