"Anyone can give up; it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength."
~ Christopher Reeves
I found this quote last night and I LOVE it.
This morning I ran 23 miles on the treadmill. Coach Ray gave me the goal of running it at an 8:15 pace (a minute per mile slower than goal marathon pace), which would be a total time of 3hrs 9 mins 45 sec for the run. The time spent on my feet running was an important aspect of this work out. I was a really good girl (if I do say so myself) and resisted the urge to run faster until the last mile, when I cranked it up to 7:13 because I felt great and I like to finish fast and strong. So I finished the 23 miles in 3hrs 8 mins and 35 seconds.
Even though it was on the treadmill, this was an awesome run. I just felt great the entire time. My legs never felt tired, crampy, or sore. The pace felt easy the whole time. I never hit a wall or felt like I couldn't finish. I just ran (and ran and ran) and enjoyed the running. I watched a little TV and a mediocre movie, and then just listened to some music.
I had to get started before 5am and between the early start and 3+ hours of running I am definitely tired, so I will resting and recovering as much as I can now the rest of the day. This will be an 85 mile week and I want to be ready for the rest of my workouts. :)
Six weeks until Boston! I am happy to say that I am feeling strong mentally and physically.
How do you find your strength?