When you’ve never done a marathon, it is scary as s%#!

But there is a beautiful moment, after slogging away for weeks, when what once seemed impossible is suddenly within your reach.

I’m sure this moment can happen anytime: after completing a grueling tempo run alone; while circling a weekly mileage total; during the last mile of that first 20 miler; in hearing yourself explain your reason for doing the marathon to a friend…

Something changes in a moment and you know:

I can run a marathon.

For me, that moment came while cooling down from a 60 minute progressive tempo run at Dexter Reservoir just outside Eugene, Oregon.

Dexter Lake

When did you know?