"Only" 8

November 3, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

After seven straight weeks of having double-digit long runs, and four weeks of double-digit long runs before a bad week in September, it was weird running only 8 miles today. While it felt great, I got that itch for the first time while tapering to do more. My body is well rested and ready for a marathon. Mentally, I’m there too.

Next week I’ll have a couple of very short 2-3 mile runs and one 4 mile run, basically taking it easy all week. I’m taking off work on Friday to #1 get my mind off work and to #2 get some extra rest. I’ll be taking off Monday as well.

On another note, I wanted to address wishing people luck before a race. Everybody does it. But in the past month or so, I’ve realized how much I don’t like hearing or saying “good luck.” It’s not luck that gets runners to the start line and it’s not luck that carries us to the finish line. I didn’t get lucky to lose weight by running and I didn’t get lucky to train for a marathon. While most people are being nice to say “good luck,” I think saying “Have a good race/run” or “Happy running” or “Run like a gazelle” is more appropriate. It’s fine if “good luck” is your thing … I’m sure I’ll hear it a lot this week and I’ll probably accidentally say it a time or two, but just know that’s it’s really not about luck.

  1. Pure Virtual Function
    November 5, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    Good point about luck David, marathoners train too long and hard to call anything that happens after the starting line luck. (Except perhaps the weather) You earned your spot at the starting line… now go do your 26.2 mile victory lap and pick up your medal.

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