30 Seconds! That’s nothing, right? We’ll you may not think so, but it’s huge to me. Over the last 10 days, I’ve run 35.5 miles in 340 minutes. That’s an average pace of 9:35 per mile. My marathon goal is a 9:05. That’s 30 seconds per mile faster than the pace I ran for the 10 days. 30 seconds for 26.2 miles, through pain, fatigue, and every bit of self-doubt you can imagine.
On Tuesday we had the kickoff for our CFF marathon team, Team for Life. It was a good time and I was asked to speak to the group. I basically rambled off the Time to Train blog I posted here earlier. While talking to a friend before the meeting, I mentioned that I had fixed my stride and now was running faster and better than ever. Well, one of the team members was there with us and heard me say that I could run an 8:35 for two miles. She kind of snickered and walked away. I called her on it, as she didn’t hear the rest of the discussion. What she didn’t hear is that I could do that for up to three two mile intervals.
No, that is not going to get me to a sub 4:00 marathon. But, it’s about 500% better than I’ve ever done before. What will get me to the sub 4 is CF. Some see CF as a curse. A “why did this have to happen to me” kind of situation. I don’t. I see it as a character defining trait. Now, I’ve been lucky to be very healthy over my almost 40 years. But, CF has made me see life the way it really is…a challenge. And I believe it has made me stand up and take on that challenge better than most people.
In fact, I believe that we the CF community are stronger and more determined than the average bear. We’ve been taught to handle things in life from a very early age. So, that’s what will get me to a sub 4 marathon. Grit, determination, and the ability to handle adversary… like I’ve had to since I came to understand CF.
More to come on my perceived benefits of training and CF!