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Just a Test or an April Fools Joke

April 3rd 2006

I was mentally preparing myself for my longest run ever – a 10-miler – when it started to rain.  I thought to myself, “Great, not only do I need to run 10 miles, but now I need to run 10 miles in the rain.”
 

I pushed the negative thoughts aside and stayed positive.
 

As I pulled on my sweats and then my sweatshirt, I heard the rain drops change to what sounded like hail bouncing off the windows of our house.  I looked outside, and sure enough, it was hailing.
 

I couldn’t help but start laughing.  I said aloud, “Is this a test or just an April Fools joke?”
 

Has this ever happened to you?  You’re all prepared to do something challenging and what seems to be quite the challenge becomes a greater challenge?  Well, this was one of those moments for me.
 

See, I don’t really “like” to run, but I want to complete a marathon.  In order to complete the marathon, I need to complete the marathon training, and that means stay on schedule with short and long runs each and every week.  Saturday called for 10 miles, and although I wasn’t too excited, I did mentally prepare to do what it took to complete the run.
 

However, I didn’t plan for rain, followed by hail.  I was excited about the sunshine and running in shorts.  It’s psychological, but I like running in the sun and not having to wear heavy sweats.  But, the weather gods had other plans.
 

As I finished my first five miles, I actually didn’t feel as tired or soaked as I thought I might at the five-mile point.  I thought to myself “I can do this!”  I went on to finish the second five miles and it felt awesome.  Well, my legs didn’t really feel “awesome” – more like Jell-O – but mentally, it felt awesome!
 

I started this week’s training with a four mile run yesterday (Sunday), have an off day today (thank goodness because I’m in Seattle and it’s – you guessed it – raining) – and tomorrow (more rain likely) I’m scheduled to run seven miles.

With two months to go to marathon day, I’m hoping it doesn’t rain on “the day,” but if it does, I’ll have plenty of practice running in the rain!

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Ron Goch, The Telios Group

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