Second Sixteen Anxiety Syndrome

I have survived Second Sixteen Anxiety Syndrome (SASS). The second 16 mile run of marathon training is the most challenging for me. On February 16, 2013 I couldn’t finish the second 16 because of a sharp pain in my foot. This was a stress fracture. So in training I always think this is the run I have to get past. Once I do, most anxiety about training goes away. So I’m very excited that the Marine Corps Marathon is just four weeks away!

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Thanks for taking a photo of us, Michael!

Today’s route was challenging! It was up and down the entire way except just a couple miles when we were on a trail! I was pretty nervous about it. I think being nervous is a good thing for long runs because it mentally prepares me for a challenge. Last week I was not prepared. I told myself it was 12 miles on a pretty flat route so it was going to be easy. It ended up being very challenging.

We ran just a couple blocks from my apartment twice, too! That always makes it tough. Luckily I was feeling strong today so not going home wasn’t too hard. Good thing too as my keys and car were at the end of the run!

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Here’s proof we were just a couple blocks away from home

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