Ryan A. on Daily Mile posted this and I thought it was well worth posting again. This morning I have read it about three times it is so true.
“The biggest reward of marathon training is confidence. A 20 or 22 mile training run cannot be purchased, and it can’t be rescinded. You are the owner of that strength, and it is a powerful force when life tries to knock you down. You have evidence of your tenacity, your ability, and your passion.”
Laura Saladino, Runner’s World Challenger of the Week
Prior to my 50m ultra last year the last longest run I did was a confidence building 27 miles. It took me from Martinsdale, Iowa back to West Des Moines. It was going to be the longest run I had done at that point in my training. It still is the longest training run now that I think about it.
I remember thinking when my wife dropped me off in Martinsdale how alone I felt as she drove away. I was so far from home and I had to run back or die. Well, not that extreme but it sure felt like it. Completing that run made me feel great, like I could do anything. The mental accomplishment of that run was what I really needed at the time.
If you have any doubts then look to the long run.