Marathon Man

homer_runningLife has been interesting for me as of late. My writing has been ridiculously behind schedule. My editing for has been a lot of fun and at least gives me the opportunity to be a little creative. Then there is my running. I successfully ran a half-marathon in November and then got all crazy on myself. I signed up for the LA Marathon.

I really don’t know what I was thinking. 26.2 miles is a very long run. I was overcome with the desire to challenge myself. To try something I didn’t ever think I could do. Let’s face it here. I have bad knees and a bad back. Every time I run it is a balancing act of running, form, and pain awareness. I actually feel pretty good on most runs. Every so often my back or knees flare up. This is my biggest fear. What if they flare up during my run?

I did a 16 mile run last week to see what issues I would have on a longer run. The first 15 miles went relatively well but I hit a huge wall in mile 16. I could have probably gone four more but then I would have been done. I realized I wasn’t hydrating or fueling my body right during the run. I was also pretty sure my shoes were wrong. I immediately went into the shoe store and had them look at me. I apparently was running with a pronation on my inside foot. I am hoping this corrects my foot soreness.

I am now two weeks away from the marathon and I am a little scared. My brain goes through moments of total confidence and absolute terror. I know once I get running the terror will go away. The rest will be endurance. I ran 150 miles in February so I know I have the strength.

I can’t wait until it is over. The thought of crossing the finish line exhilarates me. It will be a great moment in my life. Then it will be onto the next challenge. Finishing my next book would be a good one.

About csdaley

C.S. Daley was born in California but has spent most of his life in his imagination. His first short story written in third grade, the now classic "Close Encounters of the Turd Kind," was sold to his next door neighbor for a quarter. The neighbor promptly demanded a refund. An unhealthy obsession with the writings of Neil Gaiman, Christopher Moore, and Terry Pratchett have left his mind warped and broken. He spends most of his evening swilling down coffee while tapping at a keyboard under the watchful eyes of his kittens. They are there to make sure he doesn't snap. He likes to write fantasy for adults and teens.

2 Responses to “Marathon Man”

  1. I am just learning how to refuel during my long runs. I have been experimenting and it is just an odd sensation for me to be “eating on the run.” I just signed up for my first half in June and then a marathon to follow in October and you can follow my journey on my blog. Good luck to you!

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