Saturday, August 16, 2008

Running Update

As part of my training for the Air Force half-marathon, I ran 7 miles yesterday (in a little over an hour).

That's a pretty serious distance, seven miles. It was a pretty serious run. Afterwards, I felt like I'd really done something, really stretched and challenged myself. Seven miles felt like an actual accomplishment.

Our first 5 mile run seemed like a long distance, because I was comparing it to the 3 miles I used to run. Seven didn't seem too bad, because now I'm comparing it to the 13 miler that's coming up, in a little more than a month.

And I'm starting to wonder: What will motivate me to run long distances once the half-marathon is done?


kim1.0 said...

As you train longer, you'll probably find yourself "needing" to run those distances to get your high. And you'll be motivated to run longer because you can!

Good luck! I'm psyched that you're doing a half marathon!

Gabe said...

What motivates me to run longer distances is that I can.

The Dan Ward said...

Yeah, I can... but part of what gets me out of bed at oh-dark-thirty in the mornings is the knowledge that the race is coming soon and I'd better be ready for it.

The deadline is unmerciful... until it goes away, and then I'll miss it.

Gabe said...

I have no doubt that you'll be ready!

Tori said...

you may not... or you may be more motivated than i am. if i don't have a race on schedule, it's really hard to motivate to run... at all.

Rhet said...

And I'm starting to wonder: What will motivate me to run long distances once the half-marathon is done?
If you find yourself having to ask that question, then maybe running just isn't your thing and you should find something else. But from the sounds of your running updates, I think you'll find that you won't have to ask that question and when you don't run, you'll be missing it.

For me, running is what gets me out of bed in the morning. Any day that I can log a few miles (usually 5-7) is a great day, no matter what life throws at me. I've actually been out of commission and not running the last 2 months due to a broken foot and it's driving me crazy! After years of running almost every day, I am going nuts not being able to hit the road. Hopefully in a few more weeks, I'll be able to start logging a few easy miles.

Good luck on your 1/2 marathon!