I DID IT!!!
Today (Saturday, Aug. 2) I ran a race called “The Wild Goose Chase”. This is a 18.6 mile (30K) race that goes around Lac Qui Parle Lake near my hometown of Dawson. Before this race my longest run was 12 miles so I knew this was going to be a huge test for me. Up until the 15 mile mark I was doing fine, but at the 15 mile mark I hit what is called “the wall”. Basically there was a lot of walking during the final 3.6 miles, but I did finish hard. But more importantly…I FINISHED. My goal was to finish in under 3 hours. My time was 3:00:21. Missed by that much…21 seconds. Oh well…I FINISHED.
The Twin Cities Marathon is two months away and I still have a lot of work to do, but I do feel encouraged. I have an idea of what I am going to face in Oct. Overcoming “the wall” is very much psychological so now I have some experience to draw from. What got me through “the wall” today? The mere fact that I would always regret not finishing. I am hoping that motivation will get me through the Twin Cities Marathon in October. And…there has to be a sermon illustration in here some place.
So now I sit here feeling very good about myself; nursing some sore muscles. But when asked by my wife if I am glad I ran this race…my answer is “Yes”. Sore muscles will heal and I will be back running on Monday morning looking forward to my next race (10K — 6.2 mile) in September.
With that I continue with my vacation so I will be back with you next week. Take care and God bless.