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PostPosted: 04/30/04 - 14:00    Post subject: Well, here we go (one month to Madison).
I took the day off today and went to breakfast with LC. When I mentioned that the marathon is a month from today, she asked the question she's asked more and more of late - "Are you ready?"

I know she's asking just to keep me focused on Mad City. There have certainly been enough things on the physical front to keep me occupied. In a way, those things been good for me in that I am not race-focusing to the point of worrying. The preparation has been going along well. This week has been cut back due to the leg injury, but that seems to be out of the way. Physically, I'll be ready. Mentally, I've been ready for months.

Those of you thinking something special can happen here - thank you, and please continue to! In the end, I must run this myself - physically, anyway. But you will be with me in heart. It is my race to do well or not do well. If it's a good one, you get the credit. Only the mistakes are mine.

The one thing I haven't figured out, though, is this - if you train (especially for you first marathon or two or three) with long runs of twenty miles, what is it that lets you do the last 6.2. Is it all on emotion and adrenalin? For a newcomer to this distance, I'm not getting the concept. Not losing sleep over it, just wondering.

I have been fortunate to have a wife who is asking each day about my run, how I feel, etc. And a coach who gives me enough room to maneuver while still sticking to the plan we have arranged. Most of all, several of you have PMd, e-mailed, or talked directly to me, always encouraging. I am not a pessimist by nature (OK, some of you can stop laughing now!). I doubt, but I doubt in good faith. But your words of support have cut through that from day one, and continue to now. For that I thank you.
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PostPosted: 04/30/04 - 14:43    Post subject: Re: Well, here we go (one month to Madison).
gretriever wrote:
The one thing I haven't figured out, though, is this - if you train (especially for you first marathon or two or three) with long runs of twenty miles, what is it that lets you do the last 6.2. Is it all on emotion and adrenalin? For a newcomer to this distance, I'm not getting the concept. Not losing sleep over it, just wondering.

Myself, I did 2 20M and 3 22M runs. Everything physically is harder for me than the next guy, so I have to train that much harder. I figured I could plug along for another 4.2, but 6.2 seemed ... well, FAR after 20. At one point I felt glorious and invincible, at another tired, at another stupid as all hell for committing myself to it, and then I felt pain. But eventually I felt and saw it all come together, and the last 6 miles were some of the best I've ever run despite being slow as hell. So to answer your question, I ran those last miles on glory. Glory that I'd done all the training faithfully and well. Glory that I'd started the race, glory that I knew I'd finish it. But most of all, glory that I'd had the balls to try in the first place.

I wish you luck. I think, like that half marathon, you will surprise yourself.
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PostPosted: 04/30/04 - 15:26    Post subject:
The last 6 miles are tough...no doubt about it.

I think the reason most training programs stop at 20 or 22 miles, is because it's so demanding on your body. Plus, if you are doing your long runs at a slower than marathon pace....20 miles will be about the same amount of time out running as it is in the marathon (if you can hold your pace).

Me, personally, I don't know. I ran my best marathon with the least amount of long runs. My long run was 18 miles, and I only did one of those. However, I ran all my long runs for that marathon at my goal pace. I also did the least amount of mileage as for any of my marathons, and had more days off, but I ran harder.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

You should do fine...and even though those last 6 miles can be tough, you've already come so far....20 miles in....those last six, although tough, can be conquered.

Good Luck!
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PostPosted: 04/30/04 - 15:43    Post subject:
What really helped me was a cool Riff Raffer at mile 23. Mr. Green
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PostPosted: 04/30/04 - 17:19    Post subject:
I think, and could be wrong, that the last 6.2 are a result of all the training you do besides long runs. You run 20 on Sunday, then an additional 20+ during the week. That has to build your endurance, confidence, speed, etc...

Of course, once you hit 20, it's almost impossible to stop. After all, you've just run 20 miles and you're going to let a measley 10k stop you? Heck no! (of course, to the untrained eye, you may look like you're shuffling, but you'll feel great!)

Have a blast!! It is so much fun, and the training is truly the hardest part of the marathon. The actual race is a piece of cake. (or I've blocked any negative parts out)
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