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Post – Savannah Thoughts

by Meghann on November 8, 2011

On Saturday I ran my 7th marathon (if you count my ultra) and I felt great.

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I had forgotten how much I love marathons. Last year at this time I was training for my sub-4:00 in Palm Beach and completely burnt myself out on running. Training went great, but running the race – and struggling in those last 6 miles – was a challenge. It hurt and I was pretty sure I never wanted to feel like that again.

Then I recovered.

I took a break from marathons, ran a couple of half marathons, and completed my first half ironman.

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I had registered for Savannah back in April hoping I would be out of my marathon funk by then and ready to race. What I failed to calculate was just how close Savannah was to Augusta. I jumped straight from completing my 70.3 one weekend to training for Savannah with a 15 miler the next.

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Not the smartest thing I’ve ever done. That run was tough. Actually all my ‘training’ runs were tough leading up to Savannah. I wasn’t expecting much and just wanted to run with my little brother and finish.

Then race day came.

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Everything was perfect. The weather? The crowds? The company? The flat course? Perfect. There was absolutely no pressure from any sort of time goal and my legs soared.

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Isn’t it funny when we go into something without any expectations that we end up surprising ourselves? When Ben started to hit his wall in the early 20s, I kept waiting for mine, but it never came. I took that as a sign that I was running with my brother for a reason and became the biggest cheerleader I could to push my brother to the finish line. I’m pretty sure he wanted to punch me by the end (in fact, I think he screamed that at one point), but I got him across.

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The original plan was to run this race and casually train for another marathon next fall, but – by the time we made it to the finish – the only thought going through my head was that I could do this faster. For the first time in over a year I started getting that urge to train again. I mean, really train again. I thought, wait a minute, can I beat 3:59:36? Do I have another ‘3’ marathon in me? Do I have what it takes?!

Maybe it’s because my body completely forgot what it was like to run a sub-4:00.

Maybe I just needed a year to fully recover from my burn out.

Maybe I just needed a little push.

But, I’m ready.

Sub- 3:59:36 or bust in spring 2012.

Now I just need a race. ;)  

Lunch

My lunch today was a platter plate filled with broccoli, carrot, cheese, and apple.

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Salsa, almond butter, and hummus on the side for dipping.

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So. good. :)

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