A lot has happened since my last update. I was broken physically and feeling raw and depressed emotionally. As months passed, my body began to heal, and miles started building back up. Though our country is still in an uncertain state, I try to allocate my energy into something positive and goal orientated, which eventually pulls me back to a familiar sense of comfort and stability.
Fast forward, it is now race week… Not just race week but goal marathon race week. I feel jittery and excited, nervous but confident! I feel exactly how I should.
Cutting directly to the goal, it’s a progressive race plan broken up in 5 parts and aiming for a finish around 3:30 but upto 3:32 –
- Miles 1-10: 8:00-8:10
- Miles 11-15: 8:00ish
- Miles 16-20: 7:55-8:05
- Miles 21-23: Sub 8:00
- Miles 24-26.2: Ring it out and empty the tank!
This will be hard, but more importantly it is achievable! I feel confident in nailing that plan, and I accept it is only attainable if I put myself in a place of discomfort for a few hours.
Reflecting on the last five months, my training brought me strength, both physically and mentally; running through rain, strong winds, through a new job transition, as I travelled, crushing old PR’s, knocking out a 22 mile long run, and even a grueling 3 mile route that consisted of nothing but parking lot loops.
As I visualize that finish line and focus on the goal I never imagined would be attainable, I continue to focus on why this is so important. It is more than just a PR or a BQ. It represents shedding off my former self; comfort, conceit and entitlement. It is my testimony that dedication is worth the sacrifice, that discomfort brings reward, and let’s be honest, that the body is pretty fucking incredible.
So here is to the transformation that running and training bring. Here is to the shadow of being broken and the light of being rebuilt. Here is to 526 miles filled with both ease and speed, to trusting my training, going all in, and starting the race as one person but finishing as another.
Race day mantra(s): Worth the pain, no regrets, you deserve to be here.