I DID IT! I have finished my first week of marathon training, which ended with my first long run this morning.
My schedule this last week was 3 miles on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, with my long run falling on today. The short runs were pretty do-able and fun, actually. But last night, I got really, really nervous. So nervous that I started getting ready for bed at 9, was in bed by 9:45, and asleep by 11. (This is after a week of going to bed at midnight.) I know that seasoned marathoners would laugh at the (to them, paltry) six miles I had to complete this morning.
But me? I woke up and thought all kinds of crazy things like, "Why did I think this was a good idea?" "Maybe I will do this tomorrow instead." "What if I don't finish?" And "I immediately regret this decision." But I got dressed, surprising myself with each article of clothing I managed to don, eventually finding myself wearing my complete running garb. (Looking down in surprise, "Oh! Hello, there, clothed and out-of-bed-at-six girl. Who are you?") I did put my underwear on inside-out, but I didn't notice that until I was done anyway, so....I like to think it gave me an extra boost, somehow.
When I got outside, I realized with a jolt that I had already done 90% of the battle--I was out there, I was beginning, and I was committed to finish. That realization made me grin like a fool for almost the first full mile.
So now I'm back, intact, underwear still on inside-out (oh hush, I'm sure you were wondering), and my muscles are not quite stretched out yet. But I had to record this first little success. I can look forward to the marathon and become entirely overwhelmed at the thought of 26.2 miles, or I can take it one portion at a time, and be excited that today I successfully finished the first week of my 18 weeks of training. :) Whew. And now I'm going to go eat. I'm famished.
One last thing.
Dear Santa Clara,
Why have a gas station fully equipped with a bathroom when said gas station doesn't even open until 8? I'm just saying. You know. Someone might just HAPPEN to need a bathroom at 6:30 in the morning.