Friday, January 7, 2011

Just a quickie

You can never be sure. That's what makes the marathon both fearsome and fascinating. The deeper you go into the unknown, the more uncertain you become. But then you finish. And you wonder later, 'How did I do that?' This question compels you to keep making the journey from the usual to the magical.~Joe Henderson

Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough. -Hal Higdon

Things I will be thinking of during my last and final long (22 mile) training run before the marathon.  I have had friends, strangers, co-workers, and everyone in between ask me why I run.  These two quotes above just begin to scratch the surface of why.  I am not sure it is something I will every be able to fully express in words of my own.  I am hoping for a great training run tomorrow as a preview to January 30th!  Only time will tell.


  1. Have a great run! I hope the running and weather guys smile on you!

  2. you posted those quotes for me right:)
    Have a great run!


  3. Annie,

    Hi. I came across your blog looking for other runners to share experiences and for support. It sounds like you have transformed yourself into a real runner. Good for you!

    I really like Joe Henderson's and Hal Higdon's writing. Check out Hal's book entitled RUNFAST.It's got more quotes and some great tips on getting faster.

    If you have time stop by my blog and say hello. I have a number of suggestions for marathon training on some of my posts.

    Have a good long run tomorrow and don't overdo it pace-wise. You don't want to use your best long run out on a training course, but save it for marathon day. Taper wisely too.


  4. You were certainly up early enough for the run!

    /sleep deprived husband

  5. Great quotes! Hope the run went well! :)