I took a planned week off of running this week. It has been nice and necessary. I was pushing my limits in many ways. I did miss running sometimes though and am ready to ease back in. I had a few random items left over from the marathon.
I thought this quote from Runner's World reflected a lot of how I am feeling about the experience.
The biggest reward of marathon training is confidence. A 20- or 22-mile training run cannot be purchased, and it can't be rescinded. You are the owner of that strength, and it is a powerful force when life tries to knock you down. You have evidence of your tenacity, your ability, and your passion. - Laura Saladino, Runner's World Challenger of the Week
I am still trying to process all of my thoughts and emotions following last weeks marathon. It affected me in so many different ways that iris hard to describe. I am still getting so much positive feedback on having finished. Thanks to all of you.
I thanked one person for doing me a favor when he knew I was tired the day after the marathon. He said something to the effect of, "No problem! I'm glad you're still alive!"
Bill posted this helpful advice the day before I ran. It helped me going into the marathon and getting through it.
Good luck this weekend at the Ogden Marathon! Stick to your plan & enjoy every mile of it!I read a couple of Jeff Galloway's books in preparation for the marathon. He said that there are mind tricks that you can play on your self that sound a little weird, but seem to work. I employed this technique during the marathon when things got rough. I started chanting, "You can do this!", in cadence with my pace and it allowed me to keep going a little longer and faster. It helped me get across the dam! I know what my family thinks about that! Your chanting Ray! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nVThHLqda0&feature=youtube_gdata_player, it's a little long so start at about 1:15 and see why we laugh about chanting.
Finishing last perspective. Here are the stats from the race:
Overall: 2402 out of 2402
Men: 1215 out of 1215
M 55-59: 69 out of 69
Age/Grade: 35.01% Place: 2389
Finish: 6:57:04 Pace: 15:55
Tag Time: 6:57:04
Gun Time: 7:02:45
Looks pretty dismal until you consider that 3129 people registered. 2402 people finished. That means 729 people for what ever reason didn't finish the race! That's 23%! I'll take the finish!
Bob Harper Returns
Many of you remember that I am a fan of Biggest Loser. I have purchased and endured many a Biggest Loser / Bob Harper Workout. I like Bob's attitude, work ethic and training style. The only advice I haven't heard a lot about is Bob's nutrition philosophy. He has recently released a book called The Skinny Rules: The Simple, Nonnegotiable Principles for Getting to Thin
I've read the first couple of chapters and started following a few of the rules. So far so good. I will let you know how things go on this.
Goals for the week. Read more of the book and follow each rule as I finish. Run twice this week and see how it goes. Thinking about throwing in a short hike as well. You in Gordon?
Hang in there and I will too!