...I was in constant awe of myself as I hit new milestones, which I now realize was borne of a tiny seed of self-doubt.
...I surprised myself when I realized I could run twenty miles. That run solidified for me that I could run a marathon, and that I would. In a way, training successfully was the greatest accomplishment; the marathon was big, but getting there was bigger.
...The moment of clarity - when I knew I'd definitely complete Space Coast and become a marathoner - was like an explosion bursting; this year's has been a steady, warm candle that refuses to go out.
...I went into training knowing what I'm capable of and feeling confident I would succeed from day one.
...I didn't feel any doubt. It took me awhile to get into the swing of things, and I leaned pretty heavily on Kristin and my virtual buddies to get me going after Archie passed, but there was never a moment that I thought I wouldn't run BDR.
...I know I'm slower, but I'm also more consistent.
...I feel calm and certain.
How has training for long distance races changed you?
What lessons have you learned from running this past year?