Sometimes it takes a while for things to sink in. A long long while. But something BIG has sunk into the grey matter this week…
I’m going to run a marathon. I’m going to run all the way. I’m going to make the cut off times AND I’m going to enjoy it.
That’s pretty much it.
How has this come about?
1. The Lovely Anne
Anne is a fellow Launceston Running Club runner. She was speaking to me about the marathon before the last race of the season. She is certain that I will make the cut off. She spoke to me before and after the race about it all. She even drew a map of Melbourne Marathon on the gravel road and talked me through the whole race start to finish. She is convinced I can do it.
2. The Virtual Map
I finally found the virtual map on the Melbourne Marathon web site. I studied it along with the written descriptions. 2:40:00 to do 22kms. That’s what I need to do to avoid redirection to the slow marathon course. My slowest ever half marathon (which was 23kms at Great Ocean Road) I did in just under 2:30:00 and that was with lots of facebook updates and photo taking (I even saw a koala that race).
The lights came on, I can make the cut offs.
During Point to Pinnacle training I used time at bootcamp to visualise. As we did wall sits and planks I would concentrate on the run, how I would feel crossing the finish line. I’d imagine running up that continuous incline and doing it well and feeling good. It’s difficult to find time in this busy life to visualise so I’ve been getting up early and spending some time at the beginning of the day to visualise. I’ve even found a youtube that helps. In it I’m told I can unlock my limitless potential on race day. It’s really helping. My confidence is growing.
Of course those nearest and dearest to me have been telling me that I can do it. Their support and belief means so much. It’s taken a while for their words to sink in but they have. Finally. They have finally sunk in.
What am I visualising?
- running all the way
- feeling good
- smiling and being happy
- …seeing….4:59:59 (deep breath) on the clock when I run over the finish line!
Happy running 🙂