Running far

“I definitely want to show how beautiful the marathon can be. I am the opponent of all those who find the marathon bad: the psychologists, the physiologists, the doubters. I make the marathon beatiful for myself and for others. That’s why I’m here.”   Uta Pippig

I always want to have a long run, event upcoming or not.  The last 2 weeks have included two 16 mile runs, and they are magical for me.  I love getting ready the night before, eating a certain way, falling asleep knowing they’re coming in a few hours.  I love planning morning breakfast, feeling a little nervous,  getting my fuel belt ready, getting the right clothes and socks ready (the tried and true won’t be too hot or too cold or cause chafing ones lol!) I love dropping the kids off at school, flipping the switch in my mind from mom to inner kenyan.  Feeling like a warrior going into battle, only not quite so serious lol.  Then with a last look at the time, starting the light run that morphs into a rhythm that is intoxicating in a sense. Running for an hour feels good, for 90minutes feels like you’ve done something.  Running for over 2 hours, alone is slightly painful & invigorating.  I love that last quarter mile- getting goosebumps that I did it again.  Then the transition back to reality, a quick stretch, drive home, making the special recovery shake.  Now the day can begin.

I can’t wait for the 18 and 20 milers, me, miles into the countryside….

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