There was a point in my life where I never thought I would be able to run a marathon. The concept of running for 26.2 miles just seemed absurd! I was not an athlete and only an athlete could do that. But then I started running. Little by little the things I couldn’t do became things I could do. Running up the hill out of my neighborhood, running continuously for 3 miles, running continuously for 5 miles, running up the hill back into my neighborhood, etc… All of these things got easier. Eventually I was doing things I never thought I could have done before. Enter my first half marathon. Not only did I do it, but I never walked, and I finished so much earlier than I expected my friends missed the finish! I did something I thought I would never do AND I beat my expectation of how well I thought I would do.
Sooo lately (last 20 months) as I have been training a lot. And as a result I have become more aware of what my body can handle/do. I thought that I would stop exceeding my goals when racing because I am pretty in tune with what I can do; what pace I can run/ride/swim. But I haven’t! Last marathon I beat my goal by 8 minutes. Last half marathon I beat my goal by 8 minutes. For my first half Ironman I met my ultimate time goal of under 6 hours (by 19 seconds)!
Last night I did a duathlon with the local Triathlon Club (Rincon Tri Club). A 2 mile run, 6 mile bike, 2 mile run. My goal was to do both of the runs in a sub 8 min mile pace. I did the opening one with a 7:31 overall pace. Really happy with that! I went out did the bike and got back to do the second run. I felt a little sluggish off the bike but just wanted to get my pace under 8. I pushed myself as hard as I could for the last mile; trying to pass as many people as I could (those who passed me on the bike). To my astonishment I ran the last mile of this sprint duathlon in 7:08! I have NEVER run a mile that fast…EVER!!!!
It was an awesome night! I can’t wait to see what expectation I exceed next!