Today is Saturday, a day of catching up from the week, spending time outside with the boys and neighbors going for bike rides playing basketball and badminton and jumping on the trampoline before firing up the grill.  All are clear indications that spring is in the process of springing.
    For me, however, Saturday has become a day of MISERY!  Today, I will (I'm supposed to...) run/jog/walk/crawl/roll 18 miles.  EIGHTEEN MILES!  Next Saturday is the Papa John's 10-miler in Louisville and the following Saturday my training schedule says that I am to run/jog/walk/crawl/roll 22 miles.  TWENTY-TWO MILES!  Surely no sane person does this! 
    And that's not even the "best" part.  The "best" part is that this is all done in preparation for running 26.2 miles on April 30.  TWENTY-SIX POINT TWO MILES, I TELL YOU!  Good grief, Charlie Brown!
    But you know what boggles my mind about all of this?  It's not the marathon or, most notably the fact that I bothered to sign up for an opportunity to wreck my knees, hip, heel..........What fascinates me the most is that there are even LONGER races!  Ultra-marathons and such!  100 miles IN THE SAME DAY!
    I spoke with someone the other day who said that after 84 miles (EIGHTY-FOUR MILES!) he could no longer regulate his temperature and had to discontinue the rest of the race.  I can't even begin to imagine!
    It is extremely important that you understand that for me the marathon is not going to be a race of speed, rather a race of courage and endurance.  After all, I teared up after the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon! 
    "Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts."
Steve Prefontaine


Janel Preller
03/20/2011 10:20

Wendy, the feeling that you will have after finishing your first marathon is like pure excitement/joy/accomplishment and some tears. And dare I say you may even think about the next one without even realizing it. Have a great time, enjoy the race, and all the feelings after the race.


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