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.