In just a little over a month I’ll be running up some mountains for a trail marathon. I haven’t run a marathon since 2007 and the running part of that was questionable at best as I struggled from mile 13 on and walked a good portion of that race. So I haven’t attempted a marathon since. Until this year. And just for fun I decided to make it a trail marathon with mountains and elevation. Go figure.
So I’ve been putting in a lot of miles. For the past 2 years I’ve ran a little over 800 miles both years total…so far by the end of March I was already at 340+ miles. I’ve had to do some of the easy/short runs on the treadmill because of weather/timing/and it just worked better to get up early and run before the kids were up but it was still dark and cold. But I’ve been plugging away. I do my final long run this week and then get to start tapering….not really looking forward to the 20 miles but looking forward to the tapering so we’ll see how it goes.
I can get easily overwhelmed and feel like I’m too slow or not going to make it and I’ll just fail, but then I have to remember the only thing required is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Sometimes I stop and walk a short distance and then hop back in and nothing’s wrong with that. One step at a time and eventually I will get there.
I’m excited to run in the mountains and just enjoy the views….hopefully I can get some awesome photos along the way without stopping and loosing my rhythm too much. But I’ve been lucky to have some pretty awesome views on my runs already this year so I can’t complain too much. Nothing like a bunch of back country roads.
And so I’ll keep plugging away at the miles and eventually make it to the end.