I'm so familiar with routes at River Park that I didn't do much to prepare for this run. Big mistake. When we got to Ravenwood, we'd only been 4 miles. So we went down Raintree and then back and then through Oakhall. Then we came to Crockett Park.
At mile 8.5, I realize we are only 1.5ish miles from our car. What to do? We both really wanted to get 14 in (ok maybe me a little more than Mark), but our car was so close. And our conditions had been so bad for most of the run. My shoes felt like they weighed 10 lbs each. It seemed so easy to just go back then, but we decided we were committed to 14 so we, somewhat hesitantly, turned around and ran the opposite direction of our car.
This was a big moment for me - it was a mental win. It was a moment where I recommitted myself to the full the marathon in Dublin, to fundraising $10,000, to training on a set schedule no matter what, to eating properly to fuel my run and to my goals. It's also the moment that reminded me why I signed up for this to begin with. Because I have a choice to run, and people cancer have no choice. They don't choose to be sick. I choose to help them.
|making silly faces with Tanner|
The last few miles were by far my fastest - yes I'm surprised too. I ran ahead of Mark with only about 4 miles to go. Which was probably a smart thing to do, especially because I'm sure he wanted to kill me when he realized we were going to run 15 miles instead of 14.
Since it's been a few hours since we finished, I can say it was a really good run. It was hard, but empowering.
Our full marathon is just 3 months (holy crap) from tomorrow! Our running only makes a difference if we also fundraise. Please consider making a donation. Visit our website at http://pages.teamintraining.org/tn/dublin11/emilymark. Thank you so much for cheering us on and supporting us!