As I have done throughout the year, the first of every month is an opportunity to post and reflect on the progress I have made toward my goals.
1.Books: I have sold a total of 74 books, leaving 51 to go!
2.Shirts: 10 sold.
3. Miles: I have run a total of 1,250! I surpassed my goal last week and am now in the taper stage of training for my next race.
4. I have run two marathons so far in 2014, at least two more (most likely three). The next marathon I will run is September 14, so under two weeks away.
5. In those two marathons I ran a 3:16 and a 3:22 (rounded times) for an average of 3:19, one minute faster than my goal! This next race will hopefully see my overall average decrease as I have been working real hard in my training for the past few months.
Back on January 1, I started tracking every single mile I ran in 2014. My goal was to reach 1,200 miles during the year. After finishing my run today, I only have twelve more miles to go before I reach my goal. I plan on doing a six miler on Friday and six on Saturday – which means I will finish at exactly 1,200 on Saturday. On Sunday I will add to that total as I go out for my final long run before I taper for my next race. Therefore, the celebration will be short-lived as I embark on my final long run a day later. However, I’m sure that on Sunday night I will feel a great sense of accomplishment and will enjoy reaching the taper period… which is sounding amazing at this point in the year!
On some of my recent runs I have allowed the following question to stroll through my mind, “If you were running a marathon right now, what mile do you feel like you are at?” The answer is right around mile 21. At that point you are definitely pretty far into the race, and you are nearing the end however, even though there are only five miles left… they can be a very grueling five miles.
In recent days and recent runs, I have been feeling like I am at mile 21. Close to the end, but still with a grueling section ahead of me. With the two marathons I ran in the spring, and the one I am currently gearing up for, I have been training for virtually all of 2014. I have logged over 1,000 miles, yet still have at least one (hopefully two) 20 mile runs to get in before my next race. There is a lot behind me, but still a few more long runs to conquer before (at least) two more marathons in the fall. I can feel it. But, at this point in the race it is about perseverance.