Saturday, August 30, 2008

Today I Joined the 20+ Mile Club and Here’s What I Learned

  1. . Yes! I can run 21 miles, which bodes well for my imminent marathon in less than a month. Just tack on five more, right?

  2. It’s a mental game, I think, more than a physical effort. For the first time in a year, I listened to music when I ran, to block out all the mental crazies that convince me I have GI jostles, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, side stitches, thigh cramps. Somehow singing to Kanye West cures that.

  3. Twenty-one miles isn’t as long a distance as I had imagined. And while I ran for close to 3.5 hours, it didn’t feel much longer than the 18-miler I ran last month. Good sign? I think so.

  4. I still have plenty of work to do. The last 5-6 miles I swayed between energized running and desperate jog-slogging. Then there were the final two. So close to home, I flipped between “well, I’ve gone far enough; I can walk now” and “I’ve come this far; I can’t possibly walk now.” See? Total mental case… I mean, game.

  5. It hurts! But in a totally good way. I think. And now I must take a nap...

7 comments:

kelsalynn said...

I agree, I think it's mostly mental once you get to that point. Great job on the 21 miles. That's awesome! You're going to do great in your marathon in a month, I know it.

Trishie said...

(found your blog through Tracie :)) -- great job on the 20 miler ... if you can do 20, you can do 26.2 ... what marathon are you training for?

JenC said...

Great job G! Did you do that all by yourself? You are more than ready for Akron!

triguyjt said...

Rock it G...good job....

I am still a holdout on the no ipod thingy...but you make a great argument..
should I write some kanye lyrics for ya..haha

I like the term..slogging!!


lookk out akron..and yea...you ran that without a buddy???

TrainingtoTri said...

Nice job Gina! You are going to rock Akron. Great seeing you Sunday, hope you had fun at the birthday party and got to eat more cake!

Sarah said...

You can SO do this. Once you get into the uppper mileage, it really is no different. Yes, it's longer, but somehow, you get warmed up and you just keep going.

Congrats on 21!!! And yes, Kanye helps!

Michelle said...

Seriously, once you do 20...you can just keep going...the more you do it the easier it becomes. Marathons rock. I did 4 in a year. Now I am changing focus to triathlon. Next year half Ironman!

I live in further NE ohio than you!!!