On Saturday, Sept 15 I met up with my TNT friends at Fisher Park in Mechanicsburg. My fellow runners and I were doing loops of 8, 10, 12, and 14 miles. I was doing the 12.5 mile loop as a "fall-back" week for the Marine Corps Marathon. On a side note: last Tuesday I had an 8 mile run and it went fantastic. I was feeling some of the positive vibes from my Tuesday run as I approached this 12.5 mile run. It ended up that for the first water stop at about mile 2.5 or 3 that many of us were still together. We were going fairly fast (according to my typical speed), but I still felt good so I kept going at this speed. by mile 5 some of the runners had to go a different way. I made it my goal to try to keep those who were faster than me at this point within my sight. I figured that I'm still going at a good pace and that I didn't want to run anyone else's faster pace. This worked very well for me because the faster crew "pulled" me along and I was still going at a good pace at our mile 9 water stop. Now at this point I was still under 2 hours and I was almost to 10 miles. I thought to myself that maybe I would get my PR (unofficial Personal Record) for this distance on this rolling course. Toward the last half mile I kept telling myself positive messages like "I feel good," or "I feel great." I also said to myself "I love hills" and "I got this." Truth be know at one part I was saying these things out loud and if anyone would have heard me they would have thought I was crazy, but I said them with conviction and I got to the end of the course and I finished strong. It was such an amazing experience since I ran over 12 miles at a pace that was faster than some of my shorter runs earlier in the season. The fact is that this is not about running fast for me. I want to finish the Marine Corps Marathon with a smile on my face. However, it sure is a wonderful feeling that all this training is paying off and that I am getting faster. Runs like I had this past week is why I run. I also run because I want to continue raising money to find a cure for cancer. Please donate and help me with this cause to find a cure for blood cancers. My personal secure website is:
http://pages.teamintraining.org/cpa/corps12/natewagner08 Any amount you can donate helps tremendously. I'm not going to stop running until we find a cure for cancer.
The long term goal for my running is: run the rest of my life.