I thought I would end the week with a quick update on my marathon training. This week I hit over 40 miles for the first time since I started training! I knew going into week 13 it was going to be a high mileage week with a 20-mile run on tap for this morning! Last week on the blog I shared about my struggles getting through my long run that day. Every step of those last 5 miles was a struggle and a reminder that a big part of marathon running is mental. Having a bad run like that definitely made me nervous for today’s run – would I struggle, did I have the mental toughness . . . I mean heck when it’s just you alone running for 4 hours at some point the mental toughness becomes HUGE.
I was well prepared this morning! My nutrition was on point this week, new podcasts were downloaded and I had Spotify ready to switch over to when I felt the need for some music. BTW, I tried out a new podcast for me – not new at all it’s been around for years – The Satellite Sisters, it’s five sisters talking about current affairs, stuff going in their lives, books, tv and more. I loved it.
A very happy runner at the start.
Today’s run ended up being pretty amazing. Sure there were moments I was not feeling that great. It was hot and that last hour the sun was out in full force but physically I felt great so I held on to that to get me to that 20-mile mark on my watch. The last two miles were the toughest but I think the last couple of miles of any long run are hard just because you know you are so super close to being done.
Fun fact, the longest run I will do while training for this marathon is 20 miles. Come race day adrenaline and the crowd should carry me through to the finish line plus a whole lot of mental toughness!
Rest day tomorrow and week 14 begins Sunday . . . less than 50 days to go until race day on November 4th!! Which also means I really need to do more fundraising for the amazing organization I am running the marathon for Grassroot Soccer!! They use the universal appeal of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize adolescents in developing countries to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities.
Grassroot Soccer address acute health issues such as HIV, malaria, gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health, as well as focus on determinants of health such as education and employment, to ensure adolescents stay on positive health trajectories well into adulthood.
All Grassroot Soccer participants are matched with role models, participate in physical activity, and learn important life skills. It’s not unusual for Grassroot Soccer graduates to go on to become Caring Coaches, helping the next generation of youth. In turn, these Caring Coaches gain valuable work experience, learning opportunities, financial literacy, employability skills, and personal growth.
PLEASE consider donating to this amazing organization and help me reach my fundraising goal of $3000 Any amount is greatly appreciated and100% of your donation goes toward helping to improve the quality of life for hundreds of kids in communities around the world. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
To give online just click on this link: https://impact.grassrootsoccer.org/fundraiser/1454421
We are back to club league soccer games – well our son is back to playing, we are back to watching and cheering! I see the positive impact of being part of a team has done for these teenage boys – it keeps them healthy, focused, out of trouble and they learn the power of working together. Imagine the difference it can make to kids in these third world countries – it can set them on a completely different path and change