This time last year, my total mileage for the week was 6. My "long" run of the week was 3.5 miles at 10:16 pace. And, I was about 15 lbs heavier.
This time last year, I had been thinking about how I used to run 8:00 miles and thought I'd NEVER get back there again.
Previous years, I thought I could never successfully train for a marathon. I thought I'd get injured; my body couldn't handle the mileage.
This week, I've put in about 31 miles, including mile-repeats at 7:30 pace, an 11-mile tempo run at 7:44 pace, and a 15-mile run at 8:38 pace.
This week, going out for a 15-mile run was an "easy" long run, a nice reprieve from last week's 22-mile run and my 20-mile run coming up next week.
A little over a month ago, running 15 miles was a BIG DEAL. Today, it was a nice outing. When I got home after being out for 2+ hours, my husband commented, "That was quick!" You see, even HE is used to the longer runs now.
This is how marathon training messes with your mind and even the minds of your loved ones!
Distances, paces, it's all relative.10 minute miles felt fast to me a year ago and a four mile run was a struggle. This year, I'm cranking out 11 miles at sub-8:00 minute pace! It's so, so very strange. I vacillate between being giddy with excitement and being absolutely terrified at the mileage and times.
I'm running better than I ever have and better than I'd ever hoped. So what does that mean? Does it get better or is this it? Do I dare try to get faster yet or is this all I can do? I'm scared to try for more. Surely, something will go wrong.
It's scarey to think about because I already have a certain mind-set that tells me "This corner over here is where you belong, this is what you're capable of doing." Don't try to do anything better than that.
It messes with my whole reality to be blowing up the little box I had put myself in.
Shouldn't the Furman FIRST (Run Less, Run Faster) training program offer free counseling to off-set the whole reality shift their program causes, when people suddenly start performing better than they had ever dared to hope?
Am I a freak? Wait, I shouldn't ask questions I don't want answers to.
Ok, how about this, have you had any breakthroughs in your training that made you completely re-evaluate your goals and self-image as a runner?