The Wineglass Marathon was my last big race of the season. For three months I worked to build up speed and mileage. I had a goal – to PR and run in less than five hours. I had another goal, to be proud of my time goal. I know people who routinely run marathons in the three hour range and I love them for it. But this here, this was my goal. And I wasn’t going to apologize for it.
Endurance events are as much about a mental game as it is about being physically prepared. But the two go hand in hand. If I start thinking I’m tired and hurting, my body will respond by being tired and hurting. But my body knows better. It knows it has put in the work. It has done the long runs. It has done the speed work. It is ready for this. “Mind, get a grip!” said my body.