The past few weeks of marathon training have been kind of weird. Tapering is just weird. This past Sunday was the first day that I finally felt back to normal energy levels since the start of training. Tapering has definitely been worth it just for that fact alone.
But the fact that my longest “longer” run was over a month ago kind of scares me. I know it’s normal and I know I’ll make it, but it doesn’t change the fact that it feels weird.
Monday 21 – 3 miles outside, felt good
Tuesday 22 – rowing (new fave) & this POP Sugar all over toning workout that is becoming a new fave
Wednesday 23 – rest
Thursday 24 – 3 mi, treadmill. didn’t have time for anything else
Friday 25 – rest
Saturday 26 – 6 mile “long run.” Had 8 scheduled and felt fine, but it was pouring the entire run. I got too cold and came back early.
Sunday 27 – rest
Monday 28 – 10 minutes of yoga and a 10 minute walk
So if you notice a trend here, I’m doing a lot of resting! I got terrible sleep last week, so I think that’s why I opted for so many rest days. And I’m just pretty burnt out.
Really, I just can’t believe how fast this time has gone by. I can’t believe that I’ve pretty successfully trained for a marathon with all the other stuff I’ve had going on in life right now – moving to a new place, getting promoted and moving around a lot at work. It’s been a busy season and I feel as if I’ve been running even when I’m not on a run!
I’ll never forget my first half-marathon, and how I just wanted to finish. I just wanted to run the whole time. I had never run 13 miles before and in my head, still had to prove to myself that I could do it. Physically, I know the marathon will come. Those last 6 miles that I have not yet run are doable. Mentally, I know I can push myself enough to get there. I know the race atmosphere will push me where I want to go.
But there is still that part of me that wonders, what if? Can I really do it? I know that’s why I started on this journey in the first place. To show myself that I can. And lately when my runs get hard at the end, I visualize the finish line of my marathon and think How good is that going to feel? To rush into completion of months and months of hard work?
I think I’m ready. 🙂
As far as goals, I’ll mention it again that I have none. At least not typical race goals. My goals are to 1) have fun 2) run the whole time and 3) finish. All of which I think I can handle. I’m really proud of myself for not setting crazy goals on myself for this race. Whatever happens on the course happens and as long as that finish line is mine, I will be pleased.
Questions for You:
- If you’ve run a marathon or would consider it, what were you most nervous about?
- Have you ever read a running book? I need recommendations! I want to keep my running inspiration going after the race without actually running 😉