Saturday morning was cold, 36 degrees. For the first time I had to get out my gloves, warm headband and hand warmers.
I am longing for the Saturdays where I can sleep in, and I don't have to wake up when it's dark and cold outside.
Of course after a few weeks of that, I'll miss it and will start all over again. It never ends!
This awesome chick ran 8 miles with me. She's not even training for a marathon, yet she wakes up crazy early and runs in the cold with me anyway. #Truefriend
But I was determined to get through this being positive, not doubting that I can do this marathon, and just pushing away any negative thoughts.
And I did just that...until mile 18.
I don't know why I'm having such a hard time with marathon training this time around. I mean, this will be #5! It's not like I've never done this before!
Sorry to talk about my weight, but I have no doubt that is a huge factor in this. My last marathon I was 20 lbs thinner. What a difference that makes. I can tell in my endurance, how my body feels, everything.
But, I can't lose 20 lbs in the next 3 weeks (or can I? ;)), so I have to do the best with what I have.
I didn't end up making it to 20 miles, because I had to leave so I could get to a friend's Fathers funeral in time.
If I had pushed myself a little more and kept a 12-13 min. pace I could've easily got in all 20.
Someone told me that what matters is my attitude on race day. That I need to believe in myself and be determined to enjoy the experience.
And that I will do. No matter what my finish time is, I know I will have given my all. I'll be so happy that even though I said a hundred times I'm just going to switch to the half, I never did it. I finished what I started. I'm gonna do this dang thing.
Sunday was my birthday, and Jeremy and I hiked a 5.5 mile trail in the Hoosier National Forest, in Indiana. (Yes, that's what I wanted to do for my birthday!) I thought my legs would be dead after running over 18 miles the day before, but they felt great, no soreness at all.
|The grounds at French Lick Resort|
Is it cold where you are?
Thankfully it's warmed up a little bit now, but the mornings are still chilly.
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