In a recent article in Runner’s World, Amby Burfoot, marathoner and author, said “. . . everyone manages to go 6 miles farther than the physiological bonking point—about 20 miles—that represents the upper long-run limit in many marathon-training plans.” Looking at the half-marathon through a similar lens, he believes, 7 miles is the upper training limit. He concluded, “It is much easier to get from 7 miles to 13 than 20 to 26. All you have to do is slow down.”
I’m not sure how to equate that to my situation when I’m running at almost a walkable pace. How much slower can I go? Ah, there’s the answer. Slow down to a walk. The encouraging thing, based on his analysis, is that I should get to the finish line without ever having run/walked 13.1 miles before.
What a relief.
Currently, I am at the 7-mile point with my second book The Last MacKlenna. While I’m not a newbie writer, this contemporary story is a different genre for me. It is also a very personal story and is emotionally challenging. I’ve slowed my pace to a walk, and I’m stumbling toward the finish line. Without the training provided by writing The Ruby Brooch, I would never have gotten 100,000 words into this story, and it’s that training that will see me to the end. In a way, I think writing will always be like that with each book providing the training to get me through the next one—each one a different race with different terrain and different weather.
It’s all about the training.
Happy writing and running, Kathy