1 week till the marathon check in

The other day I went out for a 5 mile run. I expected it to go how it usually goes. I run until I have to walk a little bit. While the time spent walking has been less and less (especially over the last few weeks) I don’t expect anything different. I finish my 1 mile loop. I’ve been pretty good at getting through at least 1 mile consistently running, once I even got to 3 miles but – that was still pretty slow. 1 mile in. Then something miraculous happens…. I don’t stop.

And I ran…. I ran… so far away ay ay…(I’m sorry I couldn’t help myself.) The second time around I think “wow I’m going to make it 2 laps and then break, cool!” Then the craziest thing happened. I blew past mile 2… hit mile 3…. then mile 4… Then, I magically hit mile 5. (crowds cheer)

It felt so good to hit that last mile. I was practically skipping to the finish.

You train for months for a marathon. I started at the beginning of May. The four months before this were filled with aching shins, bleeding feet and a lung capacity that took the day off every..single..day. But now? I feel like I’ve been running my whole life.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions from coworkers, friends and family asking how I feel about running the marathon. If you asked me a month ago I probably said “I’m pretty nervous that I won’t finish.” Now I say “I know it’s going to hurt but I’m ready!”

Honestly? I’ll take it! When I ran 20 miles a couple of weeks ago, it was rough. The first 8-10 miles were fairly breezy but after that I was really hurting. It’s strange because I had ran 18 miles the weekend before and felt pretty okay. 20 miles though – I was whimpering towards the end.

My legs were sore. I was tired. I couldn’t wait to stop. Even though I was listening to the audiobook “Woman in the Window” which was super just okay but interesting enough to keep me going. I did make it to 20 miles and guess what? I survived. So, I’m going to run 6.2 more miles and also survive.

So, how am I feeling about running 26.2? I feel ready! I feel excited. Most of all, I feel prepared. I know it’s going to hurt. In a way though, that makes me feel pretty bad ass. I can’t believe how much my body can do. It’s truly remarkable. Once I complete the marathon, I’ll write a post on how I think everyone should run one at least once in their life and way. Stay tuned for that.

Otherwise, I’ll see you after 26.2.

Self care, self flare.



Published by Kelly Tietjen

Chicago gal offering my own take on self development, creativity, mental health and more.

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