In the spirit of
transparency oversharing, I’d like to tell you all what I’ve been up to while training for Myrtle Beach Marathon. I was in a “should-I-race-this mode?” as I feel that my training has been spotty, to say the least. And it’s 100% no one else’s fault but my own. I was doing that thing where I kept thinking, “March is soooo far away.” And then WHAM. It wasn’t. (Athletes I coach, look away.)
Basically I have had some great weeks and some real shit weeks. I have had THREE colds since November. I have no idea why. Well, sorta no idea why. I guess I could say work stress from a new schedule and possibly having too much on my plate.
My highest week thus far has been 55 miles, but that was only one week. I’ve run a few 16 milers and a 20 miler. (There was an 18 miler planned that turned into 16 because I didn’t start running until 8:30 AM and it got super warm out so I bagged it.) Granted, the pacing of my long runs has gotten much better. But…knowing what I know about training for a marathon, dis no good. No good at all.
At this point, I’ve made my bed and I’ve got two weeks to lie in it. What I have going for me is an awesome training partner who’s really got my back and, and quite frankly, has more confidence in me than I do in myself. Plus, I’ve got experience and hard headedness. If the marathon were only 20 miles (Heh, “only”) I’d be good to go. I can rock a 20 miler, it’s the last six that I’m worried about. (Isn’t it always though?)
This is a lesson I apparently had to re-learn. And yes, Universe, I won’t soon forget it.
I feel you!!! I’ve been sick three times in the last month and it has sucked! I hate making excuses to miss workouts but it’s tough when you’re constantly sick.
Sounds like you have the endurance to finish the race even if it won’t be your best (although who know?!?). Just finishing is always an accomplishment!
Thanks Nicole! Just gotta get to the finish line, right? Stupid colds.
Just coming back from 2 weeks more without running due to the funk that’s been going around! Best wishes on a great run!
I haven’t run at all since Jan 12, this stupid foot pain is killing me. Thought it would be done and over with before now. So first I dropped back to the half at myrtle beach, now I’m thinking about skipping the trip altogether. ugh.
Being sick sucks but working out when sick, the worst. Hopefully when you get there your body is all “oh, yeah, I can do this. This is nothing.” Plus being Myrtle Beach, maybe the scenery will take your mind off any suck
I’ve run enough marathons with crap training I KNOW how bad it sucks, yet I keep doing it. It’s so easy to find excuses on long run day! Hope the past couple of weeks have been productive running. Race day is almost here!