Happy New Year!
Yesterday, on my 16 miler, I averaged a 9:27/mi. pace. I ate Clif gels since they're handed out at the Houston Marathon that I'm running, but my stomach cramped up so I'll just bring my own gels. I ran through the cramps by telling myself that the other runners out there had even worse cramps than I did, but that they kept running anyway. Mind games! Fortunately, it only lasted about two miles.
I ran around and around the three mile loop at the nearby park about a million times (!) so I guess I'm mentally prepared for running a marathon where there will be no back-tracking over the same old, same old - except that I have run this marathon 7 times before. I don't run it because I love the course, but just because I live here. A lot of people like the flatness of the course (don't forget the bridges and underpasses), but it isn't Big Sur or Kona!
There are less than two weeks until the Houston marathon and I can't wait to see how it goes. Hopefully, the 2401 miles that I put into running in 2012 will lead to a decent marathon time. If not, I quit. Just kidding!
Since it's January 1, I need to mention goals, right?! Actually, I have a couple. I'd like to PR and to read through the Bible. I'm traveling through Exodus now.
Photo: walkway at the Belize hotel where we stayed recently