|Boston Marathon 2014 Runner's Packet|
"You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you." - James Allen, Author of As a Man Thinketh
I've been telling people all week I didn't feel ready for Boston. Running a marathon is physical, but the mental aspect is even more important. It is difficult to be successful at this distance if you don't feel you're ready.
My program for this Boston has included a lot less running and more cross training. My focus really was the National Paratriathlon Championship in Austin at the end of May. I wanted to be healthy and recovered so I could compete well there. That meant my longest run was only scheduled to be 16 miles.
I know from looking at Iron Man training programs that the longest run for most of them is 16 miles. I still think of myself as a runner, so it is hard for me to believe I can run 26.2 miles on race day with my longest run of only 16 miles. I know I should trust my coach and my training.
The training has been going well. My legs feel great and I am not nearly as tired as I've been in past years. Still I did not feel quite ready.
So this Sunday I decided to lengthen my long run on Sunday just a bit. My coach had a 3 hour run of 16 miles on the schedule. I decided to lengthen it just a bit to 20 miles. That is an important mark for me. I always say if I can get to 20 miles, it is just a 10 K to the finish. I can walk it if I have to.
The plan today was to also to get in some hill work. The Boston course is downhill for the first 10 miles and then there are another 10-12 miles of rolling hills. The big hill "Heart Break" hill is at mile 23.
My coach suggested recently I get a GPS watch and today I was going to use it for the first time to be sure I got in my 20 miles.
Well things did not start out well when it took 30 minutes for the watch to find a satellite. The signal kept cutting out. The pace was wildly off. It was anywhere from 5:52 to 15:50 minutes per mile.
The good news is I got in two stretches of hill work. About 30 minutes early in the workout and another 30 minutes late in the run. That helps me to feel ready.
Since I just did a 15 K last week I have a good idea of my pace. The 3 hours and 45 minutes I ran should be about 20 miles. My ankles and feet really hurt. I wonder when I do these runs how I will ever run for almost 5 hours on race days with these shorter runs are so painful.
The truth is no matter how much I run and prepare, marathon day will be a long painful day. It takes a strong will and desire to push through the pain and fatigue. The mental prep I did today, makes me feel like I am finally ready and it's a good feeling. Boston here I come.