It's taper and race week again! Five days until the Denver Rock n Roll Marathon. :) I had a fairly big week of training last week (80 miles) and all is feeling good. Here is a post I put on Facebook on Friday -
"On Tuesday I had an 18 mile day which included
8x800's with an average time of 2:48 (2:47, 2:49, 2:51, 2:46, 2:48, 2:53, 2:50, 2:46 ). Today I had 16 miles with a 2
mile warm up, then 12 miles with splits of 7:08, 7:00, 6:58, 7:00, 7:07,
7:08, 7:06, 7:01, 6:34, 6:53, 6:25 and 6:31, then two mile easy cool
down. Add in two tempo runs and a couple of easy runs and it was a great
week of training. Now it's time to taper again for just over a
week, and then Denver Rock n Roll next Saturday. Hoping to put all this
training together into a great marathon, and so excited that my Mom are going to be there!!!!"
Yes, at the last minute my Mom had something she had committed to doing get cancelled, and as soon as she realized she had the weekend free, she was booking a ticket and making plans to come spend the weekend with me in Denver. I can't even say how excited I am. Having Jennifer in Pocatello with me really helped me stay clam and relaxed before the race and to enjoy celebrating afterwards, so I am really grateful that Pam will be with me. And, we almost never get time alone without Dad, Josh, and/or the kids, so a long weekend together is going to be such a blessing.
I am working on getting myself psyched back up to race again on Saturday. Preparing to run a marathon is a challenging thing, physically and mentally. Physically I am confident I have done all that I can do. I am not the fastest, I am not the thinnest, I am not the strongest, I am not the youngest, and I have only been running marathons for less than two years, but I am as determined, committed and hard-working as they come. I have done the training. I have put the work in. I have done the extra things that add up. I have not cut corners.
My stomach continues to be a challenge, however the rest of my body is healthier and stronger than it has ever been, and I am very grateful for that.
Mentally, running a marathon is choosing to do something that you KNOW is going to be hard and you KNOW is going to hurt. You are choosing to push and challenge yourself - your mind and your body and your spirit - to the limit. And yet at the same time it is fun and exciting and rewarding like nothing else. I love this sport!
My goal in Denver is to PR. I did PR three weeks ago, however things were not perfect, and I did feel that I could have run better/stronger/faster. So in Denver my plan is to run better/stronger/faster. I am hoping for great (PLEASE not too warm) weather, a calm stomach (more testing/appointments are planned for after this race), and a race that leaves me feeling satisfied with my effort and seeing progress towards my bigger goals. I am proud of my 3:17 marathon PR, but I am hoping that it is short-lived. :)
I have been rereading my Mental Fitness post from before Pocatello, and here are a few more quotes I have also been finding inspiration in.
all runners know the voice in their heads that tells them to back off
when the going gets tough. Part of training is to help you get better at
ignoring this voice and continuing to push even though the voice gets
louder and louder as you get more and more fatigued - this will happen
in good races as well as in 'bad' races. Step one in perfect race
execution is to recognize that even in great performances, the voice
will be there. As my sports pyschologist friend, Dr. Stan Beecham, says,
'You ain't gonna get out of the race pain-free so you gotta pick the
pain.' Sitting here evaluating, I think we'd all pick the few minutes of
pain in the race over the regret that lives with you for days from a
poorly executed effort. In the throes of a race, it's never so easy. So
don't hope that the race feels easy. Expect it to be hard and know that
you're going to have to repeatedly challenge yourself to ignore the
voice in your head that wants you to slow down." -Greg McMillan
- "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." -Michael Jordan
-"Fear is probably the thing that limits performance more than anything - the fear of not doing well, of what people will say. You've got to acknowledge those fears, then release them." - Mark Allen (six time Ironman champion) Thanks L!
-"Believe in yourself. Believe in your capacity to do great and good
things. Believe that no mountain is so high that you cannot climb it.
Believe that no storm is so great that you cannot weather it. You are
not destined to be a scrub. You are a child of God, of infinite
Believe that you can do it whatever it is that you set
your heart on. Opportunities will unfold and open before you. The
skies will clear when they have been dark with portent...He who is our
Eternal Father has blessed you with miraculous powers of mind and body.
He never intended that you should be less than the crowning glory of
- Gordon B. Hinckley
Who else is racing this weekend? Yay for fall racing time! It is definitely fall here no matter what the calendar says. The temps have been in the upper 20's and low 30's in the early mornings, the leaves and trees are gorgeous, and there are hunters everywhere. Fall is my very favorite time of year. :)