Marathon Training {18 Miles}

Oh boy! We had the make it or break it run on Saturday. And it was a doosey.

It started off great: the weather was perfect, my mood was great, my legs felt strong and refreshed. I was ready to go!

Hubby saw something on RunKeeper that suggested running the first 12 miles at your normal pace, running miles 12 – 15 faster and then the final 16 – 18 miles back at your normal pace. I thought this was a great idea and that’s what we did…well, until mile 17.

Mile 13 was our best one. We were moving quickly but not at a crazy pace. I  was thinking, “Holy crap! We’re really going to do this! I’m so pumped!”

I kept it up until 16.1. I knew I could get to mile 16 since we had done that 2 weeks ago. The final 2 miles were BRUTAL. There is no other way to say it. Absolutely brutal. I even said, “I just want to punch somebody in the face.”

I felt like I was trying so hard to keep up with our normal pace but not moving at all. I was cursing our decision to do this. I was thinking there’s no possible way I can keep going.

I was basically doing the exact opposite of what you’re supposed to be thinking. I have noticed a theme with myself. Once I hit a mileage I’ve done before, it’s practically easy. It’s the distance that’s new that kills me. I did so much groaning, a stranger probably would have thought I was doing this against my will!

When the 18 miles were over, I was so happy! I actually had some kick left that the final 1/4 of the run was insanely fast. Like sprinting fast. That goes to show me that I can do this. I can run 26.2 miles and live to tell the tale. I just need to change my ‘tude when I feel like I’m going to die. I’m not going to die. I have never quit. I will never quit. Just keeping putting one foot in front of the other.

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At least Hubby and I were smiling at the end.

My goal thoughts for running this weekend:

-You can do it!
-You’re beating everyone who is still at home eating breakfast <— ooh, breakfast! When can I get some chocolate milk?
-Keep putting one foot in front of the other.
-When this is all over, you can do whatever you want!!
-Only 1% of the population has ever completed a marathon. You’ll be in good company soon!

What motivating thoughts do you tell yourself while you’re exercising? Other marathoners, how do you finish strong?

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