Thursday, August 15, 2013

Going Strong

You guys!! I have been so busy the past three weeks. I have started about three different blog posts, all abandoned in my drafts folder, never to see the light of day.

But I wanted to jot down a quick blog post because some exciting things have happened.

- I passed my Road Runners Club of America coaching certification exam! Woohoo!

- I ran TWELVE miles last week, during summer streets!

- I'm pretty sure I'm actually going to be able to finish the Philly Marathon!

I absolutely love Summer Streets. I'm not sure why, but I always seem to have a good run, and I have fond memories of running 16 miles @ 9:30 pace last year during a rainy Summer Street run. I ended up having last Saturday off work, and decided to take advantage and meet up with my friends and enjoy Summer Streets. Granted, I started out the day thinking I'd take it easy that week and only run 6-8.

I stopped before the Brooklyn Bridge to take a gel (side note: spilling Mocha gel all over yourself....not attractive) and told the group to go ahead. Before I knew it I was at mile 8, and felt pretty good, certainly better than the previous week. Mile 9....mile 10! I was at my favorite spot of Summer Streets, Grand Central. I stopped to take a few photos like a silly tourist, and did a loop around Grand Central before headeing back south. Mile 11 hurt, and I knew I would hit Union Square right around mile 12. There was good food, and my train was there. I knew if I kept going I would have to run all the way down to Canal Street, and I didn't think I could make it that far. To put it lightly, my ass hurt, and I'm still afraid of re-injuring myself. It seemed like the perfect time to end the run.

Which leads me to my last bullet point. This silly little 12 mile run gave me the mental confidence I needed...I know the marathon is still 13-14 weeks away, but I was getting scared that I wouldn't have the time to build up to where I need to be. So maybe it's time I book that hotel room, after all.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome, Sam! I'm a few weeks / a few miles behind you - and am experiencing similar fears about being ready for the race. At the end of the day, we can only do our best, and we'll arrive at the starting line with the best training that we are capable of. I know you'll do great :)