Hey, it's been a great training summer! Not too hot most of the time. Nice.
Now, as you lengthen your long run, especially those of you new to the marathon, you'll notice new muscles you didn't realize you had. Your first 10-mile run hurts. So does 12. And 14, 16, 18, 20, ....
But then you back off. After you've done 12 miles, 10 doesn't seem that hard. When you hit 18, then back off to 16 the next week, it's not nearly as bad as the first time you ran 16.
What you're feeling is your body getting stronger. You're allowing the AWESOME to come out. It's FUN. Race day will be even better. The next day you'll be able to walk, but you really won't want to. By Tuesday night it will feel better and you'll actually be able to do stairs without that stupid grimace on your face. After that, you'll continue to heal and feel better.
But you get to keep the finisher medal forever! Bragging rights, accomplishment, officially awesome and loving it.
We're almost ready to order the race shirts. This is fun. Lots of good stuff planned for our 10th running.
I'll see you at the finish line in October.