Every time I go into marathon training I have this weird idea of how the training cycle is going to go. I think that I’m just going to be bouncing from run to run feeling so much energy and that I will avoid all aches and days of low motivation. And every single time that is the opposite of reality:)
I’ve learned going into races that I need to expect that pain is going to show up rather than go into the race thinking I’m just going to feel like a million bucks the whole way. If I go into the race knowing that there will be miles that are going to really hurt then I can come up with ways beforehand to know how to cope with it and overcome it. I think the same goes for entering marathon training cycles. I just have to expect that there are going to be days where I feel extremely tired. Bouncing back from these monster workouts and the long runs is going to be hard. There are going to be days where I don’t feel nearly as motivated as I do right now for my goal of a pr at the marathon. Over the next 10.8 weeks I expect to have days where I am so tired from mile repeats or a tempo that it’s going to take a whole lot of self discipline to get out of bed and get in a challenge run. I expect there to be really rough days mixed into the months of really fun/energetic/confident days in marathon training.
Along with expecting marathon training to have really hard days/weeks, we have to expect that we are strong enough to do it and that we will show up (as long as we are not injured, sick, overtrained or life takes 1st place) for each run and get it done. Such an awesome article and quote from Kellyn Taylor here.
I love this quote that my coach sent on Saturday. It’s all about persistence for whatever goal we are reaching for and while I can’t promise I’ll hit every split/workout/run perfectly, I can promise I’ll be persistent as long as I am healthy.
Seen on my run yesterday… my community really likes runners:)
Seven miles yesterday and I’ll either run two miles today or take it off to prepare for my race tomorrow. It feels kind of weird to be racing in the middle of the week but it’s Utah’s big holiday tomorrow so that is why the race is on a Wednesday.
Time to get ready for that 10k pain. Picture from my last 10k at the beginning of June. At this point below I promised myself to never do a 10k again and here we are doing another tomorrow haha…
Let’s talk about the rest of yesterday:
We went to the park and lasted there about 12 minutes because it was so hot.
And then we made it over to Costco for the ingredients for our meals this week.
Turkey Trot Meatballs for dinner… definitely one of my absolute favorite recipes from Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.
And popsicles for dessert! I think Skye must have had a brain freeze…
Finished off by getting Andrew’s meals ready for today at work and Full House with Brooke (she is hooked).
For those of you running on the trails, Katherine sent a very important PSA (and I’m so glad she is okay).
Tell me about where you live… are there a lot of runners there? A lot of accommodations for runners (trails, drinking fountains etc)?!
Any running PSA’s that you can share with us?! Things you have learned lately you can share with us?!
Do you run the day before a race or take the day off?
What’s for dinner for you tonight?