Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The 20 miler mental prep

As most of you know, I am running 20 miles on Saturday. This will be the longest distance that I will go before I run the marathon. This is a big deal. This is the big time. There is no turning back now.



My friend, The Happy Runner, asked me if I was "excited" for the 20 miler. Mmmmm. Interesting choice of words. I told her that I would not use the word "excited." Nope. Definitely not my first choice when I think about Saturday and 20 miles of running. I can think of many other words. 

Like, for instance,
  • nervous
  • scared
  • freaked out
  • worried
Those are just some of the words. There are other words that I would include - but they are not appropriate for this blog since they involve swearing.

I know this run is going to be tough. After all, my two 18 mile runs were not easy. They were tough both mentally and physically. I am fully prepared for this 20 miler to be hard. And I know it's going to take a long time. However, I guess I can tell you that I am excited in one sense of the word. I am excited for it to be over. I am excited to know that I can do it. And I am excited to start my taper (which will begin next week).

He looks scared.

So - I am going to take this 20 mile run and just go mile by mile. I am going to take it easy. I am going to trot along at a 10:30-10:45 pace. And if I have to go slower, then I will. I am going to run the mile I am in. I often tell myself that when I am running. "Just run the mile you are in." That's all I need to do. Mile by mile. Sometimes, I even tell myself to run the quarter mile I am in. And if I get really desperate, I run the tenth of a mile that I am in. Basically - just put one foot in front of the other.

I will get there eventually. Yes. I. Will.

7 comments:

The Happy Runner said...

Go kick the 20 miler's ass!

Anonymous said...

U got this! Piece of cake!

Suzy said...

You'll be great! Enjoy each mile and know that you are that much closer to being a marathoner.

Micki said...

Take your Gu on the clock! It helps. Good luck!!

Micki said...

Take your Gu on the clock! It helps. Good luck!!

Micki said...

Take your Gu on the clock! It helps. Good luck!!

Micki said...

Take your Gu on the clock! It helps. Good luck!!