TITLE: Thoughts Early in a Run AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: September 05, 2009 3:10 PM DESC: ----- BODY: I ran my Sunday long run this morning, so that I can adjust the coming week's schedule for a Saturday half marathon. This week's long run called for 18 miles. After a week of hard runs, I approached this morning gingerly. Slow, steady, nothing fast. Just get the mileage under my belt, get home, rest and move another week toward my marathon. About four miles in, my legs were feeling a little sore. A lot of miles lay before me. Rather than get down, I had a comforting thought: All I have to do is just keep running. Nothing fancy. Just keep running. It occurred to me that, at its simplest, this what a marathon comes down to. Can you just keep running for 26.2 miles? All the training we do prepares us to answer affirmatively. Racing a marathon is a little different, because now time matters. But the question doesn't disappear; it only takes on a qualifier: How fast can you just keep running for 26.2 miles? In the end, you just keep running. It was a beautiful late summer morning for a run. Cool. Sunny. I just kept running. -----