Here we are. Another Monday.
I’m dragging my feet about starting the week so I thought it would be fitting for another Marvelous is…type of post. Big thanks to Katie for hosting MIMM!
Marvelous is…FINALLY registering for Baystate Marathon. I’m a procrastinator, no doubt about it. What really was holding me back from registering was the injury factor. I’m always thinking about the “what if’s” so I hold out to the last moment.
What if I hurt my knee. What if I hurt my tendon. What if I fall down the stairs and break my leg.
Enough of the what ifs!
The price went up $5 on August 1st so I figured it was time to hit the ACCEPT button and fully commit. I’m all in now baby!
Marvelous is…my first 20 miler in this marathon training cycle. When I made my training plan, the 20 milers were staring at me HARD, especially the first one. Just seeing that number is intimidating. I remember my first 20 miler EVER last year. It was so tough mentally and physically. The conditions were horrible. I’m happy to say that I felt really, really good for most of it. Comparing the two runs, I can tell I have improved so much as a runner since the first one. The last 2 miles were definitely the toughest. I was soooo ready to be done. I kept trying to tell myself…it’s only 2 freaking miles. My mental physique was being tested.
Marvelous is…a consistent pace. Looking back at my splits, I didn’t waver from the same pace (8:50-8:54) for the majority of the run. I went by feel and rarely looked at my Garmin except for distance. I’m never that consistent!
Marvelous is…running on the seacoast. When I woke up Saturday morning, it was gray and drizzly. I contemplated running around my town to make the distance but I knew I needed a change of scenery to get me through this first 20 miler. I’m so glad I did. This route is definitely my happy place. It’s perfect this time of year because the bathrooms are open at the beaches and there’s plenty of places to stop to refill my water bottle. Plus, you can’t beat the view.
Marvelous is…finding messages. Along my run I ran down little dead end roads to make mileage. I didn’t see this message engraved in the rock till I passed it on the way back to the main road. A reminder to TAKE NOTICE of your surroundings. There are signs everywhere. So cool!
What’s not marvelous…humidity! The temps were great but the humidity was horrible. I was soaked with sweat by the first mile. A shower never felt so fantastic.
Marvelous is…eating Orange Leaf Fro-yo to celebrate 20 freakin’ miles! No pic because I enjoyed every.single.delicious.bite.
Your turn! Marvelous is…