Aug 05

It’s a Rocky Road – Columbus Marathon Training Wk6

I-dare-you-to-train-for-a-marathon-and-not-have-it-change-your-lifeMarathon runners are a uniquely tough breed. Not because on race day we can push our bodies through 26.2 miles, but because we can endure approximately 16 weeks of rigorous training in preparation for those 26.2 miles. Training, that most definitely includes lots of miles and sore muscles, but may also include: frustration, injury, doubt and overall fatigue, both physical and mental.

Every time I’ve trained for a marathon, I’ve experienced all of the above. I know what it’s like to wait all week for that one long run, only to have a poor performance force me to just get though the week until the next one. I’ve finally, after 5 years learned how to really push (when I’m alone) out on the track, even when it hurts, because that’s what it takes to get better. I’ve fallen (on a rocky road/trail) during this training cycle and wondered to myself if I’m really cut out for this sport.

However, when I sit back and think about all the positives I’ve experienced, it wipes out all the bad. Often times when I’m taking those first steps during a run I think about all the things people who don’t run are missing.

  • The way the air smells at 5:30am
  • The first hint of the sun peaking over the trees or reflecting off the water
  • All the animals just waking up and out eating breakfast
  • The feeling of a downpour on your skin as you run through puddles on mile 12

All of those things and so many more make me happy I’m a runner. Yes, the road may be rocky at times and hurt when you fall on it :) (that story here) but I feel like I get to experience so much more of what nature has to offer because of my sport, good and bad. It makes me feel alive.

Now that I’m done being sentimental, last week went well, for the most part. Here are a couple of pics:

Tuesday: 5 medium pace miles

20140805-123405-45245046.jpgWednesday: 3 miles plus track work 4x400s

20140805-123405-45245265.jpgThursday: 3.5 easy recovery miles

20140805-123405-45245446.jpgFriday’s race and weekend miles (19 total) are recapped HERE. I got to do what I loved for another week, so it was great!

This week’s schedule looks like this

  • Monday – Rest
  • Tuesday – 5 miles at medium pace (9:00-9:15)
  • Wednesday – 4 miles including 4x800s @3:50 or less
  • Thursday – 4 mile recovery run (9:15-9:45)
  • Friday – Rest
  • Saturday – 7 miles at marathon pace (8:45)
  • Sunday – 15 miles long slow pace (9:15-9:45)

Hope you’re having a wonderful week and enjoying your runs like I am. :)


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  1. Shaun

    Looks like you logged another awesome week of training!!! Keep it up!!!!
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    1. Kim

      Thank you Shaun!

  2. Jennifer

    Love that list of things people who don’t run are missing. Especially for these past few weeks with cool mornings, I cannot wait to wake up and run. There must be a study somewhere that shows runners are happier people! Congrats on another great training week.
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    1. Kim

      I know right? I think about it when I run all the time. We get to experience every season and element first hand. I think it’s a gift. And, I am happier as a runner. :) Glad you feel the same way

  3. Amanda

    YES to every one of those!! I will always prefer those morning runs – no matter how tough, there is just something awesome about them!

    Looks like another solid week – those 800’s are kick ass! :-)
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    1. Kim

      Morning runs are the best once you get going. I still have to drag myself out of bed, except on Long Run Day :). The 800s are finally getting easier at that pace. I’m working on it!

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