Every runner has a period during their training where suddenly it seems like the marathon is simply too much and can’t be done. This weekend was mine. I made it through that 14 mile progression run, but right now can’t imagine taking one more step after that.
Having run 4 marathons, I know that mentally and physically my body can handle 26.2 miles…but still the doubt is there right now.
The biggest issue has been my health. I’m consistently running a low grade fever, which means I’m tired. My stomach hurts so bad that my nutrition has dropped off, which further effects my energy. At least mentally and emotionally I am starting to make a turn around, so I will continue to work to figure out what else is happening in my body. In the mean time, I am nervous about the lack of miles.
In previous marathons high mileage weeks were what got me through. Now I am able to do my tough intervals, tempos and most long runs…but not much in between. Since the speed workouts are at least 8 miles normally I feel like this is still good enough, I hope. It sounds similar to the FIRST program, so that’s what I’m telling myself! Have any of you followed FIRST and felt good with your race?
IT WILL ALL BE OK
Because the marathon is so mental, I took a deep breath after my freak out and reminded myself of the following:
I still have 11 weeks
The weather should in theory cool down…which means I run better
I am finally committed to consistent speed workouts and they are long tough workouts
I am following a plan that is proven to work
I am able
I am finally getting my health under control
I am supported
I want this
I am going to be running with some amazing women that I truly adore!
I get to meet tons of bloggies!!
I also recognize that my major goal is to have a BLAST in Philly. So if that means over the next 11 weeks it just doesn’t appear that I should do the full, I will downgrade to the half and make sure that I fully enjoy every moment.
I am grateful for my fun new logo
I am grateful for good insoles
I am grateful for concise directions
I am grateful for good designs
I am grateful for true friends