Monday, September 22, 2008

Marathon Training! Weeks 16 and 17

It’s probably a good thing I didn’t write this post on Friday. If I had, it probably would have been a rambling mess, saying that I hated marathon training and I was quitting it altogether. On that day, I had a really bad run. It was supposed to be a long run of 12 miles, but for a variety of reasons, I made it (barely!) to only 7 miles. Afterwards, I told Husband that I hated running and I was going to quit the marathon. He called my bluff. He didn’t overreact. Instead, he gently and patiently asked, “How would you feel if you quit?” I told him that I would feel very disappointed, especially since I’ve worked so hard for almost a year to get to this point! He smiled and said, “Well, I guess it sounds like you’re not quitting.” Darn! He is a clever one, and he tricked me without me even knowing it. But, I’m glad I decided to keep going. I’ve realized that not every run is going to be a good one, but the important thing is that I keep trying. Yesterday I ran a 3-mile run, and it turns out that it was my fastest run ever! I would have never experienced that if I had quit last week. I know I have a lot more challenges (and a few lingering doubts) to conquer in the weeks ahead, but I know I have the determination to keep going. And if there’s ever another time when I’m close to losing hope, I’ll have a clever coach by my side to ask me, “How would you feel if you quit?”

4 comments:

Abbey said...

The marathon is a really hard thing to prepare for, but we're all supporting you! I can't imagine your stregnth to have made it this far. Keep us updated on how everything goes!

southeastcountrywife said...

just know that i think you're a legend for even attempting the idea in the first place let alone getting this far!!!!!! wow, you rock.

Kel said...

I'm glad you didn't quit! Yes, there are going to be those days that suck, running was never said to be easy...but it is very rewarding. You can do it, just hang with it, your almost to the marathon!
~K

d.a.r. said...

You have an awesome husband :) Keep up your hard work!