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Have you ever had a training run bring back memories of a previous one? This happened to me big time last weekend, as I ran my last long run before the Philadelphia Marathon. I actually kind of like when this happens, because it gives you something to compare your current training to and can sometimes put things in perspective. Let me explain more….
The Philadelphia Marathon was my very first marathon in 2011. I had actually signed up for the Baltimore Marathon in 2010 but got injured and had to defer. I didn’t feel I would be ready for an October marathon in 2011 so I decided to run the Baltimore half and the Philadelphia full to give myself an extra month. I had gone through hip surgery for labral tear in November 2010. In February I was cleared to slowly start running again, and used the Alter G as a way to ease back into running without using 100% of my body weight.I went though months of PT which was actually a great thing for me because it was the first time I really learned how to strengthen my core, hips, and glutes.
I started training for the marathon in the summer of 2011. The whole experience was amazing to me as I had never thought I would be training for a marathon 8 months after surgery. I had what I would like to call the perfect training cycle. I was running 4-5 days a week, taking a spin class once a week and TRX classes at my gym. Every long run was a new distance PR after 13 miles. I remember making it to 14, 16, 18, and eventually 20. The 20 milers really stick out in my mind.
My last 20 miler was scheduled to be done 3 weekends before the race, on October 30th. Rob and I had just gotten engaged the week before, and were planning to go see my parents that night for the first time to celebrate. (We got engaged right before going away to Tucson, AZ for a long weekend, so it would be our first time seeing family). On Friday night we went out with a couple of friends to celebrate at happy hour. I had a beer, but was so nervous knowing I had 20 miles to run the next day, I think I chugged 5 glasses of water while drinking the beer! I went home to make my own dinner instead of eating out with everyone else.
The forecast for Saturday was awful (cold, wind, and SNOW!) but I was determined to get my run done. I got out by 6am and only saw a couple other runners over the 3 hours and 20 minutes that I was out there. It was freezing and windy, and I couldn’t even believe it but it was snowing in October. I remember as soon as I started running my hat blew off my head and I knew that was a bad sign.
I survived the 20 mile run in those conditions and I knew I would be able to finish the marathon. If I could run in these circumstances, I could do 26.2 miles.
I was so proud of what I had accomplished, and of course when I saw my family that night they asked if I had run in that weather. I got to say “Yes! I ran 20 miles in that weather!” I also terrified me that it was snowing in October and had no idea what weather we would have for the marathon. But luckily it turned out to be a perfect running day!
As I got ready to run my last 20 miler this past weekend, I couldn’t help but think back to that weekend. I found myself unable to complain as much about the weather knowing what I had run through 3 years ago! It also led me to reflect on how far I have come and how much I have learned since training for my first marathon. Progress has definitely not been linear, but it happened eventually.
I don’t know what the Philadelphia Marathon will bring for me this year, but I am sure being back on that course where it all began will bring back lots of good memories! And hopefully I will be making more great memories there on November 23rd.
Do you ever have flashbacks of runs from previous training cycles?
What kinds of training runs stand out in your memory the most?
After I wrote this post, I decided to check out what the topic for “Tuesdays on the Run” was this week- and saw that it was Cold Weather Running! So I’ll be linking up with Run The Great Wide Somewhere, My No-Guilt Life, and MCM Mama Runs! Thanks ladies!