I have a couple of weird race theories (literally two). The first concerns the distance I need to be able to run to be able to finish a marathon. It goes: If I can run 6 miles, I can run 8. If I can run 8, I can run 13. If I can run 13, I can run 16. And if I can run 16, I can finish a marathon. Using the transitive property I learned in high school math, one can conclude that if I can run 6 miles I can run a marathon.
Ok, I don’t really believe that. But I do feel like if I simply hit those target numbers in-between (8, 13, 16), I can finish a full marathon. Emphasis on finish, since I’m not talking about speed or time goals or anything. I never aim to only hit those numbers, and I don’t think I’ve ever actually only hit those numbers (e.g., I don’t think I’ve ever only done 4 weeks of training for a marathon), but those are my psychological milestones. Eighteen miles is definitely the icing on the cake, but I don’t know if I’ll be hitting 18 this time, and I’ve run a couple of marathons without ever hitting 18 (but hitting 16 more than once).
Last week (actually this Tuesday morning) I ran 8 of the slowest, sweatiest miles of my life. Today I ran 10 miles, almost as slowly but not as agonizingly hot. That means that I think finishing the half at Beat the Blerch should be completely do-able, and Chicago is looking pretty good (knock wood). Luckily, the next race on my book is the Pizza Run this Saturday, in which you run about 2 miles and eat 3 slices of pizza – my kind of race. Unluckily, I suffered from some serious heartburn during my run today, which was really strange because I didn’t eat anything particularly unusual beforehand (multiple ice cream treats and chocolates is not unusual, ok?), and I never, ever get heartburn, so maybe it was just my body getting me ready for any potential problems at the Pizza Run. I better practice eating pizza this week just in case.
I’ll share my second race theory tomorrow.
As always, never base your training on my terrible example, unless you’re using it as what not to do. At any rate, how’s your training/recovery going? Do you think we’ve reached the pinnacle of reality dating TV shows this summer? Are you disturbed that the hottest weather we’ve gotten this year has been in September? Share in the comments!