August 1, 2005
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This morning, I went for my weekly long run and ended up doing my own personal half-marathon (13.1 miles). I had some lingering doubts back when I started training (which I always tried to push into the back of my mind) about whether or not I would be able to make it this far. I know it’s only halfway, but it’s a big milestone for me. It also marks the halfway point of my training. Although it was only the 7th week of the 16 week program, weeks 15 & 16 are tapering weeks where I drastically reduce the amount of work I do before the marathon (which is the “long run” for week 16), so it’s essentially 14 weeks of hard training.
There has been a lot of stuff going on in my life lately, and it’s sometimes hard to find the time to get my runs in (especially since they keep getting longer and longer). But lately, when that moment actually arrives when I start running, the rest of the world kind of goes on pause for me, and it’s just me and the path ahead of me. Over the past few weeks, I have really been able to get in a zone and actually really enjoy running. Hopefully that is the way it will be from here on out, and possibly for many years to come.