Have you ever stuffed a suitcase full of “just in case” items only to find at trip’s end you’ve used only 10 percent of what you packed?
Mind Over Miles
(As of early 2013,) Farin Montanez is a 25-year-old mom of two who started running — after a decade-long hiatus — in November. “Mind over miles” chronicles her training for the Santa Rosa Marathon. She can be reached at farin at maderatribune.net. Follow her on Instagram at mind_over_miles.
I love to compete, but at the Two Cities Marathon in Fresno on Sunday, I got to throw competition out the window to focus on one thing: getting my friends across the finish line.
Several Madera runners will toe the starting line of the Two Cities Marathon & Half in Fresno and Clovis on Sunday, and for a few it will be their first time running a full or half marathon — or any race
You’re at Mile 20 of a marathon — whether it’s your first or your 21st —and you’re bounding along at a comfortable pace. Suddenly you think did my legs just turn into lead? Why do I feel so tired?
Madera is flat. That’s not news to anyone, of course, but it’s a depressing fact for local runners who are training for races that include some hills.
Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient, and the best things come to those who don’t give up.
I’m worn out as I start my run at 5:45 a.m. Sunday. It’s my fourth and final leg of a 135-mile relay that began at the Ronald McDonald House in Bakersfield at noon on Saturday.