Since June, I have banked 353.11 miles of running. I didn't add up biking or walking miles in there, but there were a few of those too. Over the next 10 days, I'll do one more "long" run of 10 miles plus probably a 2 mile and a 3 mile run. Add those last 15 miles in and you get 368.11 miles. That's a lot of mileage deposited into "the bank". I'll be withdrawing on those miles for many hours on October 16th. When my legs feel like lead and I'm shaking and tired, I need to remember:
- remember the days I got up at the crack of dawn (or before) to get in a run before the heat of summer hit,
- remember hitting the wall during my last 20 mile training run and recognize what that feels like so it DOESN'T happen again,
- remember what it was like to run with some of my best friends during the course this training and how they pushed me to go farther and faster than I ever dreamed possible.
In 10 short days, I will push my body to do something I never thought I would consider doing - run a marathon. I wouldn't be here without those 360-some miles of training. I certainly wouldn't be here without you all encouraging me.
The miles are in the bank and it's almost time to start collecting.