Monday, January 10, 2011

Surf City, I'm Ready For You!

It's funny how an 18 mile run can feel a thousand times harder than a 20 miler.  This perfectly demonstrates how our bodies have good and bad days and you never know what you're going to get.

I used this Sunday as a "test run" for Surf City.  I figured the fatigue in my legs would be comparable to the fatigue at mile 20.  Instead of taking it easy like I normally would in this predicament, I decided to test out Marathon Pace.  My calves felt tight and sore from Friday's speed workout and every stride was hurting from the start.  Not pain per se, just sore and tight.

Only a runner can appreciate my awful clothing choices.  
My sister, the fashionista, would gouge her eyes out 
if she had to look at me like this.

We stuck to marathon pace (or a bit faster) for the last 6 miles.  I couldn't wait to be finished.  I was picturing our car and how nice it would be to sit my butt in that passenger seat.   I couldn't help but imagine all of the food I would soon be consuming without regret or hesitation.  I just wanted to be done.

We finally got there and of course my first words were, "Screw this!  I will not be running that pace for 26.2 miles! Hell no!"

I should probably get my attitude in check, huh?

Of course, I changed my mind minutes later and realized a training run doesn't even compare to a race.  The energy from the crowd is not present on a training run.  Neither is the roadside support that would have helped big time.  My body was tired from the start and on race day it will be nicely rested.  I will be pumped and ready to run my heart out when I get to that starting line.

Hopefully everything comes together and I am able to hit my Marathon Pace.  But, if that doesn't happen, there is ALWAYS another race.  There is always tomorrow.  In the end, my finish time is meaningless to everyone but me.  Regardless of pace, I am going go out there and have fun.   I will enjoy this race because I GET to run a marathon.  I am lucky and grateful for this opportunity.

26.2, here I come! 

36 comments:

  1. Oh Man, how can I add any pearls of wisdom to this post when you seem to have the perfect attitude. For many years I thought that the energy of the race was equivalent to a "free" 30 sec per mile.

    BTW, you ARE ready. 18 after doing Yassoo's the same weekend. Puh-leaze, I think they may need to make the course tougher next year because of you. Thanks Kate.

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  2. Thanks, Chris! Can't wait to see you there!!

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  3. That's so the right attitude to have! I wish I could be training for a marathon right now instead of babying my injured knee. I know how easy it is for me to forget about this feeling of helplessness when I'm injury free. Good for you for keeping the perspective! You're going to do great! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  4. nice job on pushing through a tough run! those hard runs when we just want to quit are what make us better runners, especially mentally, when we keep going. you're going to rock surf city!

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  5. You ARE ready! Woot! You're going to do great and can't wait to read all about it. Go, go, go!

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  6. You are beyond ready!! I know my training run for Philly wasn't the best right before the race, but the adrenaline from the crowds is SUCH a pick up. You're going to have a blast!

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  7. You are ready. As others have said, the excitement of race day will definitely push you through a bit!

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  8. Kate, you are well prepared, and you are going to do great! You will be rested and your adrenaline will be pumpin!

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  9. You will have a fabulous race! I'm so excited for you, because it is so fun and such a fantastic experience. (Every single time, and even when it doesn't go as planned.)

    So so so pumped for you! Your attitude is wonderful.

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  10. You are totally going to rock the run, esp when you are at the race with tons of energy, adrenaline and excitement! PS - I love your running gear, and yes, I will be wearing compression socks for my 1st marathon! Good Luck!

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  11. PS - also forgot to tell you that I will be in San Diego in February - I'd love to know some of your favorite running routes!!

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  12. You are going to do all 26 at that pace, girlfriend! Can't wait to hear what a good one you're going to have.

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  13. You will have a great race! I'm sure that was really great practice for the last 6 miles. And you're right, you'll be rested and ready to rock!

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  14. You're more than ready! And such an inspiration. I think after yesterday's events, I'm even more committed to doing a full!

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  15. You're so right that some days are just worse than others. The marathon will be so much different--lots of positive energy all around. I'm just jealous that you're wearing shorts! I've been snowed in for two days.

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  16. I love it! It's a mind game.. but that's why we love it =)

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  17. THANK YOU for being honest about how long runs suck sometimes!!! Sometimes I read peoples blogs about how they did a "quick perfect 600 mile run" and i'm like...wow...I suck because not all of my runs are that great! Way to stick to it though, duh...you're a tough chica! Like we'd expect anything different. I think I dream about what I get to eat after the whole time i'm doing long runs. Food is the best. Let's be honest.
    Oh and you're darling in your pic! GOOD LUCK WITH 26.2!! You're going to rock it! :)

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  18. GOOD LUCK! those are not bad fashion choices (I'm a runner...)
    Katherine

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  19. Hey - I think your running outfit rocks!

    You will be great in surf city :)

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  20. btw, I tagged you in some stylish blogger award yesterday. I forgot to let people know. tag, play only if you want. :) I like your style.

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  21. Seriously, you are going to do awesome. Sometimes those crappy runs just feed the hunger, you know?

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