from mile to marathon

The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet.
Lao-Tzu

Sunday, April 29, 2007

giant run upcoming

I finally got things on track again. I switched my big runs back to Saturdays, to be in tune with the race. Not that the body really cares whether it's any day of the week or another, just that I believe it gets inured to the rhythm: each seventh day, a big run. I did 13 miles. While I question how come I did not manage as much the week before, I also cannot grasp how I will double the output a week from now.

It is too late now to second-guess myself. We are in countdown mode. My boyfriend emailed me the other day at work: "giant run upcoming." Right.

I looked upon my 13 miles yesterday as a rehearsal run. I considered it a test of sorts. And I ran. I did not think so much about my own running, as of the runners out there whom I know without knowing, who are running this week-end. And I followed them in my mind, step after step, mile after mile: traveler022 braced against the cut-off time at Big Sur; Steve racewalking Eugene; the whole happy gang up north - Michelle, Eric, Rob doing their usual manic shenanigans, ultras and marathons back to back or not, with bleeding feet or not.

My 13 miles were over before I finished thinking.

14 Comments:

At 3:45 PM, Blogger JustRun said...

Ahhh, what a great run to have before the "big one." :)

 
At 5:54 PM, Blogger Chad said...

Great idea - virtual training with the people racing - I've got to try that one weekend.

 
At 8:28 AM, Blogger Bre said...

That sounds awesome!

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger Joe said...

> My 13 miles were over before
> I finished thinking.

Mind over matter. Now do the same thing next weekend and you'll find a way to finish that "giant run."

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger Gotta Run said...

Your mind can be your biggest enemy when you run but it can also be your biggest weapon to not stopping and reaching your total miles. Keep it up!!!

 
At 8:17 PM, Blogger Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

You can do it.

Nice hwo you had a virtual run with some blog-fellows.

 
At 8:19 PM, Blogger Desiree said...

I love rehearsals... no stress.

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger robtherunner said...

Thanks for the shout-out. Yours is right around the corner. I can't wait!

 
At 4:54 AM, Blogger RunBubbaRun said...

Mind gamnes while running.. It definetly helps..

I know you will do great on your last big run.. Just break the mileage into smaller pieces..

 
At 8:37 AM, Blogger Jason The Running Man said...

Great run! all mental!

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger Steve said...

4 days and counting ! and I'll be the one thinking about you.

 
At 9:11 PM, Blogger Backofpack said...

You will be great, just great! Glad thoughts of our run could help you get through. Think of the marathon as time to soak up the atmosphere, look at each little bit of scenery, clear your mind, listen for the little voice, dream big dreams, and remind yourself that you are strong, you are tough, and that you can do this. When you are done, you'll know that your body is strong and if it can carry you through 26.2 miles, it can carry you through anything. You can have faith in yourself - that you can face a challenge, a physical test and a mental test, and emerge on the other side - strong, satisfied and confident. You can do this!

 
At 10:10 PM, Blogger traveler022 said...

Thanks Lia for your good luck wishes! I know you will do very well on your first marathon! At the end it is all in your mind. Keep believing in yourself and tell yourself you'll finish and finish strong. It will carry you far! Look forward to crossing the finishing line, it's amazing!

 
At 5:44 AM, Blogger R2B said...

You are going to do so well Lia and we will all be so proud of you!!

 

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