Thursday, July 24, 2008

Walk? Run? and Getting My Head Straight

Just when I think this whole "marathon" thing is out of my reach, I go out and have a great run that gives me hope. I love running with my husband, because he pushes me beyond my own expectations (he says I push him). One thing that I did do tonight, however, was turn off my iPod and spend a lot of time visualizing race day, the water stops, my pace bracelet, and THE FINISH LINE. In my mind, I calculate and re-calculate realistic finish times, and try to run hard. It is amazing what getting a brain in the right place does for a body.

One thing that helped me tonight, is instead of running for 10 minutes and walking for 1-2 minutes, we ran for 5 minutes and walked for 1. Believe it or not, this strategy cut 6 minutes off of my overall time for 4 miles. Now I'm confused. I know that on race day I WILL NOT do this. I will run from water station to water station (these lie every 1-2 miles)and walk through them. I have some thinking to do. I think part of the success 5/1 plan tonight was that it kept me cool. I'm not sure.

Tomorrow is a regular 7 mile run (the one I should have done on Wed but didn't). It's funny how as training progresses, the run that started off as "long" in the beginning becomes "regular."

Training for a marathon is education for life. You find a plan, stick to it, but stay flexible enough to make changes along the way.