I woke up early, got everything ready and headed out the door.
|Huma gels, peanut butter and honey sandwich and Pocket Protein, |
which I got in my Bulu box and tried for the first time.
I was feeling great miles 12, 13, 14...feeling very confident, like I got this! When suddenly it all changed. I mean, one minute I was feeling awesome, the next I wanted to die. (Maybe that is 'the wall'?)
I felt like I had shin splints, which I haven't had in years, then I started feeling like no way in heck can I do another marathon. I just can't do it. I can do half's and LOVE them, but anything more than that is pure torture. Why would I even want to do this to myself?
I decided to sit down for a couple minutes to recoup. I reached out to my IG friends for some much needed encouragement. That helped more than I can say! At that point I had 2 miles to go.
At mile 14, I purposely made sure I ran a 4 mile out and back, so that I couldn't quit early. My car was 2 miles away, so I had no choice but to finish.
So I got up and finished my run. And I didn't die.
I think for next week's 20 I will bring some sour patch kids candy with me. I've used them for a couple marathons before, and that sugar really seems to help.
Saturday evening my legs felt great, hardly even sore. But then my back started hurting! The rest of the day and then all day Sunday I had horrible back pain. It hurts to sit, stand, turn any direction. It's strange! I have never had back pain before, so this is really unusual.
I WILL do this, you guys. I will, I will. I can't expect it to be easy. It's freakin 26.2 miles, after all. It's supposed to be hard. The hard is what makes it great. Pushing through the hard times and not giving up makes me stronger, mentally and physically.
Ironman Louisville was happening here Sunday, so I spent a few hours watching the finish line live stream. That always puts things in perspective for me. If these people can do a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and then run a marathon, there is no reason I can't run a marathon!
Anyone else have back pain after a run?
How do you push past 'the wall'?