On our run yesterday, Andrew and I were talking of the trepidation I feel about running a half marathon and the fact that a full marathon was way beyond my ability, maybe not from a fitness point of view – but how the hell do you get your head around running for 2 or 4 hours?
I’ve only known Andrew for about 9 months, but I’ve come to realise that just when you think you’ve won the argument, he’ll simplify it to conclusion – “well if I’ve run a marathon, so can you”. We’re roughly the same age, build and fitness, so I have no counter to his statement, although I think his mindset is stronger and more confident than mine – at this stage!
Yesterdays run was in stark contrast to last weeks sapping humidity, it was nice and fresh, perfect Melbourne conditions.
I mention this because my running plan now has me at 9k for my shortest run for the week and my long runs are around the 11-12k mark. It was so much easier when all I had to do was 5-6k – all over in half an hour. Now it feels like I have to block out huge parts of my day to ensure I cover the mileage. I take forever to get prepared and need time after to relax, so a 12k run takes up about 2 hours, then I have a thing called work!