Sunday, 4/15. On the schedule 12. To do: 13.1. Because the idea of 7 half-marathons from January 28 ’til the marathon sounds way more impressive. Especially after I did the math and it was in 11 weeks. 7 half-marathons in 11 weeks. Wow.
My original goal was to finish in 10:00 minute miles. Once I got started and ran a .5 north and turned around into a massive head wind, I thought “I’ll take what I can get”. Total time was: 2:12:23 or 10:06 pace. But that doesn’t include 2 bathroom stops (TMI: wrong time of month and resulting cramp issues). Just glad that’s over with and won’t be an issue 2 weeks from now.
Overall the weather was wonderful (wind) and about 70. I kept thinking this is as hot as it’ll be for the last 2 hours (one can wish). Pretty much did 8/1 run/walk. Didn’t feel great, but didn’t feel awful. Keep thinking “there is NO way I can maintain 10/min/mile for 26.2).
Pushed it on the way home and had a 9:35 and 9:28 (w/walking!). Legs sore this a.m. (Monday) but not awful.
Nothing I do convinces me I will be ready. It’s a faith in yourself, the training, the inner will that will make it happen. If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed. Trying that out for a week or so.