I only have four more long runs to complete before I get on a plane and head down south for the Antarctica Marathon.
I’m a little sad about the thought of completing a goal that I’ve looked forward to for four years. I can already see myself completing the Antarctica Marathon and then thinking – Now What? What was this all for? What have I learned?
Well, a lot of folks who complete the Antarctica Marathon have the big goal of completing marathons on all 7 continents. However, what I’ve learned from this experience is that I CAN run on roads but I LOVE running on trails.
So, what is the next audacious goal which will take me a few years to complete? I think I have the answer, the Fat Dog 120:
Things that went well this week:
- Total elevation gain/loss on the long run this week: Gain: 1,018m meters Loss: 1,116 meters (benchmark – Antarctica marathon Gain: 616 meters, Loss: 619)
Lessons Learned for Next Time:
- I used a great mental technique when I felt fatigued during the Chilly Chase half marathon. I thought “if I were full of energy and had fresh legs, how would I feel?”. Then I’d start to think about holding a confident posture, relaxing my upper body and picking up my feet. It worked well.
- Completing two consecutive long runs on the weekend was likely not the ideal case. However, I really wanted to go to my trail running clinic and I really wanted to run the Chilly Chase, so I just did both.