Saturday, December 5, 2009


There are some days that I have to repeat this over and over.

Are you a wimp? or Are you strong?

I am now in the trenches of the most difficult part of my marathon training.

I ran a long one on Wednesday morning and as I got to mile 12, I thought, "Wow, I feel so good. This is easy."

2 hours and 42 minutes after I started, my Garmin alerted me to my 18 mile distance goal and I came to a stop. My legs cramped up and began to ache like they've never ached before. I started to tear up. "I am not gonna cry this time," I scolded myself.

Yes, I've cried while running a few times.

Last spring, when I ran my longest 21 mile training run, I cried the last 2 miles.


So, maybe I am a bit of a wimp.

Not this time. I held back the tears until the pain subsided (an hour and an ice bath later).

With my marathon coming up next month, I only have a couple of really long runs left and hopefully I can keep the tears from falling.

On January 17th it will all be worth it.

In the next few months I'll be running these:

Fiesta Bowl half-marathon
12k's of Christmas
Lost Dutchman half-marathon
Ethan's Run
Pat's Run

Please, sign up and run with me. It will be fun and tear-free!


Katie said...

You are amazing Sara! I love your ambition and the goals you achieve. You inspire me to be a better person!

You even make me wish I was a runner. Maybe someday...

Brianne Skidmore said...

After this week, I'm right there with ya...or... right there behind ya.

Keri said...

I love that saying! I need to tell myself that during my short little runs! I felt like crying during mile 5 of the turkey trot, and I kept thinking "Sara will be running 21 more of these in her marathon, I can make it 1 more."

You are such an inspiration!

Sher said...

There's nothing wimpy about running 18 miles.

Kacie said...

Wow! Your so awesome sara! I wish I could be more like you. I am a wimp!

Kristy Treible said...

You are amazing Sara! I have found that it is hard to train and run, but even harder is finding the time! You can't just do it here and there. It takes complete dedication and I am so jelous that I don't have that time, but I love hearing all about you running journey and can't wait to hear about your marathon next month!

Good Luck!