Our official marathon training is in full swing. It’s going well thus far! Really, the last few weeks haven’t been all that different than normal with about the same mileage as any other week. I did go 10 last weekend & 13.1 this weekend in preparation for the upcoming Tyler Half on October 9th. That’s the farthest I’ve run in months. Felt great! OK, so the first 10 felt great…the last 3, not so much. Ryan went 13 the weekend before last w/his buddy Mike. They were only planning for 10, but decided to throw in the extra 3 to make for a half marathon. Their pace is quite a bit faster than mine. Like over two minutes per mile faster. Punks!
I feel pretty ready for the Tyler Half and mostly ready for the Manchester Half. The Tyler one is hilly, yes. But the Manchester one is ridiculous! The elevation is a lot higher and the hills are steeper. It’s a tough course. But I’m pumped to go back and conquer it again! Plus, the trip as a whole makes the race part totally worth it. After we get through those 2 half marathons, our mileage will start to ramp up quite a bit in late November and December. Gonna get interesting! Working a 9-10 miler into an already busy week day will be a challenge, but it must be done. Thankfully the temperature will be cooler by then, so running during the day is possible again. We won’t even talk about the 18 plus milers that are on the schedule…ugh!
This morning, I came across this quote from Ryan Hall, Olympic marathoner. I know I’ve shared this quote on this blog before, but I reread it again this morning and love it. Worthy to share again and timely while training for a marathon. Maybe I’ll post this on our bathroom mirror to read every morning over the next few months.
“I don’t think about the miles that are coming down the road, I don’t think about the mile I’m on right now, I don’t think about the miles I’ve already covered. I think about what I’m doing right now, just being lost in the moment.” – Ryan Hall
This will be my goal during the marathon and while running these long runs during training. To not focus on the distance I have to go, but relish in the moment. Breathe in the fresh air, thank God for the ability to run, enjoy the tunes blaring in my iPod, appreciate the “me” time, cherish the beauty of the surrounding nature.
Heck, that’s really my goal in life as well! Don’t think about the past or worry about the future (this is incredibly hard for me and against my nature), but truly dwell in the moment. Be fully present in whatever you are doing, wherever you are. If you are looking back or look forward all the time, you miss out what God has right in front of you. Today. Now. THIS moment. I for one, don’t want to miss that!