Here’s what I learned from running a race a month this year:
- The more you keep it up, the easier it is to do because you never really fall out of shape. Therefore, it’s not crazy that you can keep doing it. Hence, you keep doing it.
- You can be in peak condition, totally physically prepared to run a marathon. But if you aren’t mentally, you’re screwed. You can be mentally prepared for a marathon and not at all physically, and still do it.
- I mailed in a lot of these runs, finished, and felt practically the same. The ones I actually tried at were the best.
- You can show up pretty hungover to a run and still do a good job. Your “body” on the other hand, will be in terrible shape and your doing yourself incredible harm. I don’t recommend it, having done it a couple times.
- I’ve officially graduated to fulls. Something I’d thought I never say: Half-marathons can be pretty fun, in comparison to running a full. Only exactly because you know you’re not running a full.
- Any idiot can run a 5k, 10k, half/full. It’s not rocket science, you pick a direction and go. There’s so many things in life you will probably never do: go to the moon, be President of the United States, make a trillion dollars. Running a marathon? Totally do-able. Tired of people saying they can “never” do it.
- There are some real annoying runners out there (NOT ALL OF THEM, just some of them). They kind of kill for me (and probably a lot of you).
- I’ll run in anything but high wind. That’s when I call it quits.
- I hate running in Golden Gate park and the Presidio area.
- Running’s always better with a partner.
So CIM 2015. It should’ve been my first marathon. Not SF. SF made me want to throw this whole new years resolution of the window. I was mad at running after that. But I kept on and glad I did, because it eventually led me to CIM. I’ve heard all kinds of miserable stories about CIM, mostly because of the weather. And yes, it rained. But it wasn’t as cold and the course itself was extremely forgiving. Totally see why people qualify for Boston with it. I saw parts of Sac I never knew existed and I can say I haven’t seen other cities this excited for runners as this one. If you had to choose you first marathon, make it this one. I had a genuinely good time.
Bernie is a lifesaver, if it wasn’t for her a lot of this running would be a wash 🙂 It’s really, tremendously important to have a good running partner, very thankful for her.
It seemed fitting this last run to begin with Sacramento’s very own !!!. Having seen them a night before for my bday, it was icing on the cake:
Am I done with running? Definitely not, but most likely done posting about it as the year is about to be up and the resolution has been fulfilled. I am running waaaaaaay less next year, only committed to 3 races. One of them being Big Sur, which I’m very worried about and will train harder for than any other previous run. Other than those 3 races, don’t count on it.
Lastly, I leave you with a track that has played on repeat for some of my runs. Whole album is great, but this track…