Friday, May 21, 2010

My Running History, Chapter 7

It wasn't really a goal of mine; it was more of an "out there" hero-status mythical kind of thing.  Kind of like playing guitar.  I'd always wanted to do it, but I'd never done it.  And I couldn't until I took lessons. But I'm getting off track.  It was the "out there" pinnacle of running, but (to be really honest) I had never even thought of doing it.

Until Rob did.

Rob is one of my closest friends, and every year at our conference for church, Rob and I would run together.  We used to just run up and down the lake path and out the pier.  Rob is an athlete (has always been), but I was in better shape than he was.  After all, I was a "runner" (meaning, I think, that a few times a week I'd hit the road for a three miler).  This was when three miles was long distance, mind you.

Then Rob ran a marathon.

I was instantly jealous (and, to be honest, quite a bit conceited and arrogant).  If Rob could run one, I sure could.  So I made good friends with Hal Higdon, signed up for the Columbus Marathon, and began training for a marathon (no, I don't know the real Hal Higdon, but I sure used his marathon training guide religiously!).

During my marathon training, I still didn't have a running partner, so I was running these four, five, eight, twenty mile runs by myself.  I was running five days every week (one day I would rest and one day I would play soccer for two hours).  My favorite moment in training was in week 14, when my long run was 12 miles.  This was Higdon's quote:

Run 12 miles. Did you believe when you started this program there would come a day when we would tell you to go that distance, and you'd think, "Oh, an easy day." It all depends on your point of view.

During my training, I ran my first trail race, the 2006 Hocking Hills Indian Run... 40K race.  It was humbling and amazing.  I was humbled by Steel Hill, which I realized I was going to have to walk if I wanted to finish.   I was humbled by the long uphill to the finish line, where I had to walk again. It was the longest I'd ever run at one time, and I finished!

I cruised for the next month and then I ran the Columbus Marathon.  From running 3 miles a day to finishing a 26.2 run - what a difference!

Running a marathon changed my perspective on running tremendously.  But further thoughts will have to wait until chapter 8.


Nate said...

i think i'm going to be in the next chapter again!

The Thief said...

The dude is a psychic!