Taper Time! Wahoo!

by Ashley on October 23, 2011

Yesterday marks just two short weeks until the Savannah Rock ‘N Roll Marathon! Ah! I am so insanely scared.  You have no idea. I’ve never been afraid of something like this: especially of an “activity.” I am horrified because there are times during my long runs that my body gets to a certain point that I feel completely out of control. It’s so strange; it’s like I don’t have the ability to pick up my legs and keep moving.

Last week, we did the longest run of the training program, 20/21 miles, and the last two miles were UGLY for me.  Mentally I felt like I could have run forever; physically, my body wouldn’t listen to what my mind was telling it. My hips locked, my knees would hardly bend, and my ankles were numb.  Needless to say, those last two miles really put a damper on my finishing time (but I did still finish!).

Hopefully what everyone is telling me is true: “You will be fine! Your adrenaline will be going because you are with so many thousand other people.” I pray this is accurate! I don’t want my body to quit before my mind is ready come race day.

I want to recollect on the entire marathon training process, since it is that, a mental and physical process. One that I am ALMOST finished with. Where to begin??

With ZERO double digit runs left, and roughly EIGHTEEN under my belt, with 21 being the most at one time, running this marathon (well training thus far) has given me a great sense of accomplishment.  So many people have said to me, including Dustin ten thousand times, “Why did you plan to run this marathon during the busiest time of your life?” To answer that, I have no idea.  I do know that I am the type person that when I set my mind on something, I want to do it now.  I don’t want to plan it out and wait until things clam down because who knows when that will ever be? If I sat around waiting for the right time, it may never come.  As we all know, we are not promised tomorrow, therefore we must live for today.

Throughout this journey, I have thought over and over again, what on earth am I doing? My knees swelled, my ankles ached, I’ve lost toenails (gross, I know), I’ve rubbed the skin on my sides raw (another gross, I know). Am I going against everything I stand for and forcing the body to do something it isn’t supposed to do? And then I remind my self that I am not the only one in the world that will have ever run a marathon. People do this all the time; people much older than me at that.  While the body might not want to run 26.2 (woa) miles, we can do anything we put our minds to (hopefully).

With that being said, I encourage you to challenge yourself (hopefully not with a marathon) to do something that you never thought you could do.  You might be surprised by your own self!

Strawberry pancakes, church, and study, study, study are in line for us today with three tests in this upcoming week.  Only 4 more weeks until Thanksgiving and 6 more until finals/Christmas break (but who’s counting?)! Have a great Sunday!

Good Health!

Ashley

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