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?
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.
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.
If running were easy, everyone would be doing it.
“You’re almost there!” It’s a statement people yell to runners at nearly every race, from 5Ks to ultramarathons — and it’s usually a lie.
My running coach rocks. (No, I’m not just saying that to gain favoritism!)