Flying Pig 2012 preparation


I have done next to no writing about my marathon training this year, or at least it has felt that way.

The second go around is not as much about me being in awe of doing it, or letting the world know I am so I can work out those insecurities and jitters while seeking positive re-enforcement. As a matter of fact, I’m sort of awestruck four months of practice is already at an end. It went by so fast.

I am eyeballing less than a week until my second Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, Ohio. On registration paper I will have skipped a whole year age-wise between this race and my last Pig. (Last year the race was a few short days before my 35th birthday. This year the race is a day after my 36th.)

Off paper, I gained a whole year of experience.

This year, physically, I feel better than a year ago. My leg has no chronic pain. I am pacing a bit faster. I have two 20+ miles long runs on the soles of my shoes.

I have blisters on my heels and wear compression sleeves on my calves. I have friends who push me, and I compete with in a friendly way.

My mindset on facing challenges and uncertainty continue to improve. Yes, I can.

I can come back from injury.

I can go out no matter what my mood.

I can continue to enjoy a run in almost any weather.

I can slow down, stop, or change my program as I need to and still feel ready race day.

I can actually listen to what my body tells me I need to do.

I can more readily accept my limits.

I can feel a sense of accomplishment setting my goals, finishing my race, and enjoying my run without comparing myself to others.

Some of this I learned last year in training. Some of this I thought I did. Some of it will probably continue to change, or more will be revealed as I’m out there, trying to finish another 26.2 miles on the same course I finished at 4 hours 11 minutes and 59 seconds last year.

I obviously hope to do better than last year. (3:45:00 maybe?)

In the end, I hope to just be happy and satisfied where ever I end up on race day. I am prepared to grow and change again after that.

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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