I have to give a shout out to my husband Andy. He stayed with me the whole time, encouraging me, and telling me how amazing the Starbucks coffee was going to taste when we got done. That right there was my better half at work as my cheerleader and I am so thankful. The fact that he could have just run on but stayed with me is a testament to what a great teammate he is. Thanks babe!
So I did some evaluating. Because after a run like that you have to evaluate things. Because you never want to experience it again. Hear me when I say, 75% of running is mental. 25% is fitness. You gradually build up your fitness. It takes care of itself. But the mental is where I am beating myself. So I’m changing my focus. I’m stopping the negative mental talk. And I’m going to focus on the positive. Cheesy – yes. Don’t care. I’ve got a long way to go. And I am not. quitting.
I know my marathon training recaps are most likely not encouraging you to get out there and run one. But what I want you to take away from it is even though it’s hard, I’m surviving. And I’m trudging along. You may be going through something super hard in your life. Your last 12 mile run in life may have sucked. Don’t quit. Evaluate, and make changes. But keep going. YOU CAN DO IT!
This is how we felt at the end of that 12 miles.