What did he see that I hadn't realized? Well, to me it is no longer about getting the miles in. It is about how much my body can handle. I had got caught up in just racking up miles and miles. And until that Saturday, my body had cooperated. Was it just the treadmill fall? What is running on the concrete around the tidal basin? I DO NOT think so. I think it was a combination of everything. I wasn't being a smart runner.
I had great pleasure in bragging that I had run 1013 miles since January... that I had run 177 miles in August... that my weekly miles were in the 40s... but my body was NOT pleased. I was not resting enough. I was not listening to my body enough.
I feel extremely blessed that I was given a chance to realize this before it was too late. Before I didn't make it to the start line of the marathon. After all, it is a huge statistic about runners who never make it to the start line of their first marathon... something like 75% or even higher. I want to make it and I believe that I have the "right" plan now so I can not be a part of that statistic.
My goals for the marathon are:
- Finish the marathon
- Cross the finish line without injury
- Have fun and ENJOY the last mile
I am not sure I will ever want to run a marathon again... I like 1/2 marathons more, but if I do, I need to make this race FUN!
How are YOU going to make it to the start line?
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