Twin Cities Marathon: Week 16 Day 5, 10 Miles Tempo

Target Pace: 10:52
Actual Pace: 10:59

This morning, I made a decision. I quit. It didn’t come easy, I fought a huge mental battle.

I don’t want to be a quitter. 

There is no glory in sitting on a concrete sidewall shivering and holding back tears while runners, bikers, morning dog walkers, and commuters pass and stare.

As the half hour I waited for Cam to pick me up passed, my brain gnawed away at my four months of training and what a shit job I’ve done.

I came to the conclusion that I have failed. I gave up and there I was on display. It was, quite honestly, humiliating. 

When he got there, Cam cranked up the heat in his car. I was a mess of shivering tears. Miserable and really disappointed in myself. 

I broke down the options for him as I weighed them during my run. 

My run I started with two warm-up miles before the sun was even poking out. It was crisp and cool and I was, surprisingly, feeling really great.

After 3 tempo miles, I started to get some pain in my toes on my left foot. I dealt with a pretty crappy bunch of blisters during my half in June, but I put mind over matter and ran through them there, so it’s not that I can’t. I plugged along for another 2 before I stopped to take a look. 

After 7 miles I pulled off my socks and saw the same shitty blister I dealt with months ago. Thankfully, my wipes pack is attached with a safety pin. I used that to pop the dime-sized bastard and release some of the pain.

I ran pain free for about a half mile and then it went right back to absolutely awful. I made it a bit farther before I threw in the towel because I had started to adjust my stride to compensate for the pain. 

When it came down to it, I had two options:

  • Call it, don’t elevate my blisters from uncomfortable to holding me back from running this weekend. I’d already put in a good showing, was it really worth continuing and risking more days off my feet?
  • Keep trucking. Blisters might happen during the race and I’ll need to learn run through them. Giving up is failing,

Had I kept going, I’m sure I would probably have an entire foot’s worth of blisters and would not out of the game again this weekend.

There is an end game: beat the living shit out of the marathon in just over two weeks.

Did my decision today help or hinder my progress toward that goal? I don’t know.

As it stands, 12 hours after the run, do I still think I failed? Only a little.

Either way, I definitely need a fucking nap and a snuggle. 

Watch on

Have all you Indy runners seen this yet?

On a scale of one to inspirational, it’s pretty inspirational.

runningwithpump irlamy @i don’t remeber who else is racing indy

taper continued...


Feeling better after yesterday’s rest, did a light 8 miles around the neighborhood and the park, on a brisk breezy afternoon.  Fall is definitely around the corner.  Now just easing into this weekend’s Half, holding form, and mentally preparing.  I’m in shape, so the mental thing will be the most important part between now and Sunday.  Now they’re calling for some showers on race day, just not certain which part of the day and how numerous.  It doesn’t sound like it’ll be severe…let’s hope.  A late dinner now and a good night of sleep.

Have a great night!

ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween Schedule

October 19, 2014 - October 31, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014
7:00am Casper
9:00am The Addams Family
11:00am Addams Family Values
1:00pm Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1
4:30pm Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2
7:30pm Disney Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!
8:00pm Disney Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.
10:30pm The Nightmare Before Christmas

Monday, October 20, 2014
6:30pm The Nightmare Before Christmas
8:00pm The Hunger Games
12:00am The Haunted Mansion

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
8:00pm Pretty Little Liars (We Love You to DeAth)
9:00pm Freak Out

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
6:00pm Beetlejuice
8:00pm Melissa & Joey (Witch Came First)
8:30pm Baby Daddy (Strip or Treat)
9:00pm Freak Out

Thursday, October 23, 2014
5:30pm Freak Out
7:30pm Corpse Bride
9:30pm The Nightmare Before Christmas
12:00am Teen Wolf

Friday, October 24, 2014
5:00pm Corpse Bride
7:00pm The Nightmare Before Christmas
8:30pm Dark Shadows
12:00am Beetlejuice

Saturday, October 25, 2014
7:30am Batman
10:30am Batman Returns
1:30pm Beetlejuice
3:30pm Dark Shadows
6:00pm The Addams Family
8:00pm Addams Family Values
10:00pm Hocus Pocus
12:00am Corpse Bride

Sunday, October 26, 2014
7:00am Freak Out
8:00am Coraline
10:00am Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
12:00pm The Haunted Mansion
2:00pm Corpse Bride
4:00pm The Addams Family
6:00pm Addams Family Values
8:00pm Hocus Pocus
10:00pm ParaNorman

Monday, October 27, 2014
5:00pm Freak Out
7:00pm ParaNorman
9:00pm Casper
12:00am Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
5:00pm Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
7:00pm Casper
9:00pm Freak Out
12:00am The Haunted Mansion

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
5:00pm The Haunted Mansion
7:00pm The Addams Family
9:00pm Addams Family Values
12:00am ParaNorman

Thursday, October 30, 2014
4:30pm The Addams Family
6:30pm Addams Family Values
8:30pm Dark Shadows
12:00am Beetlejuice

Friday, October 31, 2014
2:00pm Poltergeist
4:30pm Dark Shadows
7:00pm Beetlejuice
9:00pm Casper

Very Short FactOn this day in 1960, at the Summer Olympics in Rome, Abebe Bikila becomes the first sub-Saharan African to win a gold medal, winning the marathon in his bare feet.

Herodotus lives on, of course, in popular culture – in the race named after the Athenian Pheidippides’ run to Sparta, for example, seeking assistance at Marathon. The very name of Marathon has even contributed its last syllable to the word ‘telethon’ made up to designate the sustained hours of irksome television broadcasting that interrupt regular programming to raise money for a worthy cause.

[p. 111, Herodotus: A Very Short Introduction, by Jennifer T. Roberts]

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Abebe Bikila, 1960, by Blackcat. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.