Marathon 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
Friday’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.