Now that we’ve moved into our final stretch of training, we implicitly know we can finish a marathon and perhaps even in the time we’ve been training for. But when race day comes along, you can expect a whole barrel of surprises….
Although we’ve been training together, we are off to different races such that of my 5 or six regular training buddies, only two are also going to Victoria. And since a marathon is ultimately your own race, a pact to stick together “no matter what” is unfair when we have disparate abilities. I’m facing the reality of being reasonably ditched by the people I know because we are all going for personal bests. This is when mental fortitude is either your best ally or worst enemy.
One of the women suggested breaking a marathon down into 4 (10K) Sun Runs and I can see the thought process as following –
* 1st Sun Run: We’ll run together. We’re full of energy and refraining from bursting into a true 10K pace.
* 2nd Sun Run: We’ve all done half-marathon races and even ran eleven half-marathons (20+ KM) in 11 weeks of training. Easy-peasy.
* 3rd Sun Run: A tougher stretch but we’ve done it before in training. Further, we all started to train for a full marathon because, simply, a half-marathon is not enough.
* 4th Sun Run: At this point things really suck and 30K is around the point people bonk/hit the wall and despite the training someone’s gonna bonk. But it’s just one more Sun Run. We knock off 10Ks every Wednesday evening as a matter of training. It’s just one more hour.
I’ll tell you after the race how well this mindset fared….