My big con against doing another marathon is how bloody difficult it was to walk for the 24 hours – okay, 36 hours – after the event. My feet were seriously baby balloons. I’ve decided that if I could just do the whole race in less time, my feet wouldn’t get as swollen. Seven hours is just too long on the poor peddlers. So the current training goal is simple: walk faster.
I can do 13:45 minute miles for shorter walks – but I realize that I need to build in intervals of a 15:00 minute mile pace in order to have true stamina. The question is – is that fast enough to finish in 6 hours? And an even better question – is 6 hours short enough to combat the swelling? Do I need to start jogging? It’s time for some math – followed by some goal setting. Perhaps another RNR in SD ’09 . . . . Could be a good life long habit.
O.K. – What you’re hearing is my overly analytical mind trying to figure out my marathoning. This is the chatter I’m forced to live with when I take on a race. The antidote is when I watch videos like the one posted here . . . that’s when the worries quiet, and my heart takes over. There’s an invisible force that just pulls me forward with no logic, no turning back, no matter what: finish.
Hearing about the Hoyts, all of my words dissolve into nothing. Not even silence. Just a place vacant of “Ruth”. Perhaps their inspiration brings me closer to that thing some people call “the annihilation of ego” or absence of self. Or maybe I’m just filled with an unprecedented amount of awe. What an extraordinary team.