I had no business running 14 miles today. First, Jeff was sick and truth be told he’s only really back up to 90% or so. Then, I was sick. I fought it all week — missing work, working from home, resting and resting, but not sleeping well. But I woke up this morning feeling well enough to get myself to the trail — so I did.
It was a big day. 14 on the schedule. (Though this whole story was nearly negated after learning upon arrival BACK TO THE CAR that the schedule ACTUALLY said 9 today… Must read schedule for self in the future. Running partners can clearly not be trusted.)
Nevertheless, 14. A new long distance for half our training group! Amy and Jeff are training for their first full and today was a new distance record! And if you ask me, 14 is the first long run that says, “I’m training for a MARATHON.”
I knew after Little Rock 2014 that I had another marathon in me, but spring 2015 came and went – no marathon. And I didn’t miss it. My heart wasn’t in it for the training. But I didn’t stop running. I’ve run half a dozen half marathons since then, but come March 6, 2016 it will have been two full years since my last full marathon.
After having two REALLY good races in a row at the Fayetteville Half Marathon and the Route 66 Half in Tulsa, I knew it was time. And my heart is absolutely in it for the training. And if there’s a lesson to be learned, it’s that the mental dedication to this sport should never be underestimated. Last year, I could have physically done the work. I wasn’t injured, I had the time and opportunity to train. But I just didn’t want it bad enough.
This year is different. I knew I’d feel this way about marathons again someday. I’m ready. Little Rock Marathon, game on.