You don’t have to go fast, You just have to go

You don’t have to go fast, You just have to go

The training plan for Little Rock Marathon called for 18 miles this weekend. However, in order to ramp-up not too quickly, I have been splitting my runs over Friday and Saturday. So 18 miles turned into 6 + 15/16 miles. 
And even though the miles were slow and long, I learnt some valuable lessons to remind myself when I am in the dumps

  • You don’t have to go Fast, You just have to Go
    At first it was daunting. 15 is a LOT of miles in a short ramp-up time (3 weeks, literally). But I have done it in the past and I decided to focus just on one thing – I needed the miles on my legs. I didn’t have to worry about speed (which is currently a huge not-so-good joke). 

Motto for this weekend’s long run.

  • It is Funner with a Runner Friend
    Saturday’s run was a little tough on my mind. I was going to be running alone and even though the route was mostly flat (that will probably come back to bite me at hilly Little Rock!), just 2 miles in and 15 miles seemed very very long. With absolutely the most wonderful timing, Christina, one of the faster runners, messaged me to see if we could coordinate part of my run as her recovery from the Disney Half Marathon of last week. A little bit of Math and she was there with me for my last 6 miles.

    Thank you, Christina, for pulling me through those miles.

    (Bonus – we went out to lunch and my Kidlet #1(6) couldn’t stop talking to Christina about books and all!)

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How have you faced a daunting run?
Have you prepped yourself beforehand with motivation or mental games or do you take it mile-by-mile?

Not just a run, how about other projects that you have faced?

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  • Yes! to having friends for the miles. I do all my long runs w/ friends and it is so enjoyable that way.

    Right now a couple of runs/week are daunting for me as I try to build speed as well as miles getting ready for a March marathon. I just take it one run at a time and not worry about what’s on the schedule later on in the week.

    Great job getting in your miles!

    • Thank you.
      I’ve trained for all my marathons with my running group. Sadly, this winter, people seem to have gone into hibernation. I miss them!

  • I love having friends there! And speed is second for sure., 🙂

  • It was a super fun run AND lunch! I enjoyed every step! I was thinking after I got home that I would put it out there for people in high mileage weeks that I could be their “go to” person to meet them for the last 6-8 miles. I felt your victory over that distance too!

    • That is a great idea, Christina! Oranges are so lucky with Barbara and Olga tag teaming.

      I get first dibs, right? Right? :))

  • You’re so right about going slow, especially for those long runs. Great way to reduce risk of injury, too. Nice job getting the miles in!

    • Thanks Laura. I am struggling with going slow and long because I’m afraid that going slow and long is teaching my body to go slow and long.

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