More running stuff

Last Monday, I was very intrigued by marathon running. Redding has a yearly Marathon that takes place in January. It happened to be last Sunday, and a friend of mine participated and finished strong. Now, that I`m a runner, I know how much work goes in to running miles. A 26.2 mile run... is just completely impressive, and on a whole different level.

Back to my story, Monday came around and I decided to set out on a long run on the treadmill. I had done 8 mile runs in the last few weeks. Now the next obvious goal had to be a half marathon - 13.1 miles. Fully aware that the conditions of running inside and outside are totally different. It`s cannot even be compared, really. Outside you have weather, hills, drinking stations and such that influences the run. A treadmill is very simple, flat and straight forward. But tracking my work on a treadmill made me sure that the accomplishment would still be very legal. So I ran.

And I did it. 13.1 miles. I took very few breaks, but all in all it took me about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Then I spent the rest of the day in bed extremely nauseous, a little dizzy and with a few other issues that I wont share here.
Lesson: Don`t run LONG runs without eating something, anything - a date or some nuts.
Also: eat a carb filled meal the day prior - like pasta.

Some day soon I`ll be a pro runner, well maybe! =) But for now I take experience, hard work and lessons learned with a big smile. Small step sturns in to big accomplishments. Mother Theresa once said "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies".



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