Miles to go: 1536
OK… I’m pooped. Three good solid runs this week left me pretty tired for this morning’s run. It was a new route for me, which took some of the sting out of it because I had to pay more attention to where I was going. But I could definitely feel that “leg weary” tiredness. I guess in some ways it’s a good thing because it was really the only feeling I had. No other pain or woe. And I still ran 8:37s so it wasn’t all bad.
I also picked up something very important this morning after the run. A registration form for a 5K. This will be my first “race” this year… I’m so excited!!! And worried I won’t be anywhere near a time I will be satisfied with. But I don’t care. I can’t wait to run with a number pinned on me again!
I had to giggle at my running buddies this morning. I heard them whining about being tired and eating all the time and long runs and no sleep and and and… I was there… I remember that feeling. The last 6 weeks before your marathon… The douldrums… When it seems like you are always running or eating or washing your running clothes. And you begin to wonder what the hell you are doing… I gotta tell ya… Of all the things I miss about marathon training, that ain’t one of them. I hated that feeling. It was almost depressing. I recovered my composure and tried to get them fired up by reminding them how far they had come and that they were all going for a BQ and this was the hard work that would make the actual marathon easy. I don’t know if it worked, but at least they perked up a bit.
Our local marathon is Monday. It is called the Heart of America marathon and has been going on now for 49 years. It’s a small, community supported run but it is one of the toughest, non-mountain marathons in the nation. And most of the hills are in the last half when it is hot and you are already miserable anyway. Still, a lot of the 250 or so intrepid souls who show up for this event are from out of state and it has a reputation for a marathon that will really challenge you. I volunteered last year but I think I’m going to just stay out of this year altogether, mostly because I don’t want to get any stupid ideas. I’m just now feeling good again after breaking myself running my last marathon. But if things go well for me with running over the next year, this may just be my next marathon… hmm…