As I take a few breaths before heading out on my long run of the week, my mind wanders….
I am getting prepared for my next marathon. Marathon #14 will start high above the ground I stand on now. The ground that will be underneath my feet during my final 8 weeks of training. There is no preparing for altitude here at home. I have to trust that with my hill training, my increased downhill pace will get me out of the clouds quicker than I can get out of breath.
Eight weeks from now the race will be over. An epic event, starting at the Brighton Ski Resort in a Utah. My thoughts everyday revolve around those mountains. I cannot wait to see them, I cannot wait to run down Cottonwood Canyon.
Focus… Focus. Even though these hill workouts are really killing me, I have to think of those mountains, and the reason why I am putting myself through extra pain now. It will all be worth it in the end. Even if I don’t run the race of my life, I get to enjoy the beauty all along the way to the finish.
If you’ll excuse me, I have some hills to conquer on my run today. Happy running to you all!