from mile to marathon

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Lao-Tzu

Friday, March 23, 2007

must be insane



It's spring in New Mexico and I must be out of my mind.

I can run about ten miles without drama... not without effort, not without strain, but without feeling overwhelmed. Ten. Not 13, not 16, not 19, and certainly not 26.

I ran 19 once and it took me half a day. I have had a backache for a quarter year now. I have a cold, again, which I ascribe to sheer exhaustion.

And I just signed up for a marathon.

12 Comments:

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Patience, My Young Apprentice, patience. You can do it. Work up to it one step at a time.

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger Backofpack said...

Yup, one foot in front of the other, one mile at a time, till you're done. Ain't gonna be easy, gonna be damn hard. But, it'll get done. Set the mind to it, bend the will, move the body - that's it.

 
At 2:48 PM, Blogger Annette said...

Yes, insanity and the ability to forget pain are both signs of a runner. :)

You'll be ready when the marathon gets here. Get some rest, get healthy, then get out there and train! :)

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger Faithful Soles said...

As to your comment on my blog... Of course my shoes can talk, they have tongues...

You are going to do awesome in the marathon, just listen to your shoes.

 
At 5:15 PM, Blogger Steve said...

I'm with you on that! 10 miles seems to be just right. Not too easy , not too hard, but then again ...it's not much a of challenge either.

You'll be fine..trust me. IF I can do it, you certainly can.

Oh... but I can't guarantee that you won't have some aches & pains afterwards.

 
At 8:26 PM, Blogger JustRun said...

Everyone here is right. We have a special brand of insane. Luckily, it is also awesome!
I am right there with ya, girl, I just did the same thing.

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger robtherunner said...

I think we should all be so lucky to be a little insane. It helps keep our lives interesting.

 
At 4:54 AM, Blogger Lora said...

You fit perfectly in this crazy running world!! And the longer you stay in it, the worse it will get!

You've been warned!!!! ;)

 
At 12:24 PM, Blogger Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Sadly, that doesn't sound insane to me at all. What does that say about *my* sanity??

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger Running by.... said...

Don't worry too much. I remember when I ran my first 9 miler about 4 months before my first marathon. I felt like I was going to die afterwards. You're doing 10 miles and feeling ok--yeah...10 miles never felt easy to me--but I still completed a marathon.

Marathon training is hard work...that's why we 'love' it.

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Bob Gentile said...

Congrats on your Marathon Entry, you will do fine... it's all a process, 10 miles is great and you will get better past that mark.

as Joe said Patience...that's what I had to learn with my running efforts as I continue to build up my mile base, "patience and persistent"

 
At 9:53 AM, Blogger Chad said...

Congrats!

It's a fact that insane people do not recognize that they are insane, so simply by the fact you recognize you might be insane you can conclude you are sane.

 

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