July 13, 2009 Marathon Training Update

This one is for Honoree Alexa Brown who is in Hospice.  Please support the fight against cancer by donating at: http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/RoadRun09/ernestlewis

Another great weekend of running!

Sunday July 12, 2009

Got in my long run for the Oil Creek 100 training.  Needed to get in 30 and did just that and went a little faster than last time.  David paced me for the first half and that helped me get into a decent rythim.  He was encouraging along the way and had to go after 11 but he got me off to a great start.  Run felt good all the way to the end.  Jim logged 18 miles and had a good run as well.  The morning was cool and not as humid as two weeks ago and yesterday.  Lots of runners out this morning!

Had a couple moments of “I want to stop,” but got through that with a breathing technique to get my head straight…not that running 30 miles is exactly having your head straight…LOL.  Breathe in thinking “calm,” and breathe out thinking “relax.”  Works well in just a few minutes to clear your mind especially of any negativity and self-defeating thinking and easy to do even while you are running.  The mind and the body relax so they can do what they need to do.  Couple that with the positive thoughts of our Honorees, especially Alexa Brown who is in Hospice now, and a few prayers, and the mind and the body gets stronger.  “We can do this, we will do this.”

I was running alone for the last 12 miles and getting tired.  That’s when the doubt creeps in.  It gets hard to keep up the pace and keep moving.  Your energy just seems to drain from you and it’s as much mental as it is physical.  There is no one to watch you, encourage you, or hold you accountable so you have to find it from within.  You dig deep to find your mojo and you think about your Honorees.  Then you just know that when you are tired and alone they are there running with you.

Saturday July 11, 2009

TNT Team met at Farnsworth park for a long run.  Most everyone needed about 10 miles for the day and this is a great park to do it.  It’s an out and back along the river and just great scenery.  Thunderstorms were in the area but they seemed distant, mostly north of us.  In spite of the possibility of rain, everyone showed up.  We headed out around 8 a.m. and the rain started around 9…it wasn’t too bad except for a few minutes of heavy downpour.  Everyone still did well and didn’t complain about the weather much, it was even fun.  Apparently, Dayna was jumping in the mud puddles!  The fun stuff certainly makes it easier even if you are running farther than you’ve ever run before.

David and I logged a moderate tempo run for 15 miles.  Wanted to run hard to have heavy legs for Sunday’s long run at OO.  It worked especially with the rain and getting waterlogged…shoes felt like they weighed 5 pounds each!  Legs were definitely tired.

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