Throughout my years of summer softball and school sports I have had coaches who constantly preached about not giving up. Regardless of the score, the opponent or the many obstacles in the way, never give up.
I held tightly to that motto last weekend as I ran my first half marathon. Actually I ran a 10K on Saturday followed by a half marathon on Sunday, which made for a 19.3 mile run over the course of two days.
I had been preparing for this battle since August, so the distance didn’t scare me. I learned a long time ago that I can talk myself into anything. After all, my body only knows what I tell it. And I’ve learned that once I came to terms with the distance, it’s really not that far.
I’ve done several 10Ks before, although its been about 15 years. So I followed a half-marathon training guide developed by a champion marathon runner. The guided runs were designed to “finish standing up”, although I was aiming for about a 10-minute-mile average.