2 1/2 weeks out

I’m 2 1/2 weeks out from the marathon. I’d like to be more excited than I am, but I am totally unprepared! At least that’s how I feel. It’s hard not to be depressed about how my training has gone. All last year I focused on strength and base building, hoping that I would avoid injury when it finally came down to training for the marathon. Things feel like they have spiraled out of control. I don’t know what I could have done differently, except for a few things like,

  • Not drinking at all, and therefore taking too much time off from working out (though in total I have only probably missed a month or so of workouts the whole year).
  • Not messed around with my shoe choice, trying out too many different things, especially so far into my training – it didn’t do me any favors and maybe made things worse.
  • Picked a different plan? I already downgraded from the one I wanted to do (Hanson’s Marathon method) to less running, and apparently I couldn’t even handle that. I know many people say the FIRST method blows, but honestly it’s looking more and more appealing to me for future attempts. Maybe my getting-older body just can’t hack the higher mileage.

Things I can’t change anyway, so why dwell on them? All I can do now is move forward. I could do the thing that is probably the most smart, and just not run. But that’s not happening, unless I end up not being able to walk after a run up to the race *knock on wood BIG time!*. I’ve decided it’s ON, no matter how ugly it might end up being LOL

So far this week I’ve run 6 miles and some change, doing intervals and things feel relatively good (knocking on wood again!). I felt pretty worked yesterday from weights the day before, but I rode my bike to work anyway. I’ve been doing yoga/stretching at night to work out the kinks. Today I plan on doing some spinning with lots of intervals, then weights, and possibly a pool run later. And more yoga/stretching. Tomorrow will be 8 miles or so with more cycling and yoga. I guess the idea will be to kind of run myself into the ground almost up to the week of the race, and then cool it so that I can recover and feel ready to run 26.2 miles. It will either work or it won’t! If I have to run/walk it I will. It definitely isn’t how I wanted it to go, as I was feeling like I would be able to kill it earlier in the year. Oh well. I can always try again? Or not. I haven’t thought that far ahead and think it’s best that I don’t 😉

2 thoughts on “2 1/2 weeks out

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    It’s hard to have so many doubts at this point in your training. Last year when I ran Chicago, and it was my 3rd time, I knew that my training cycle wasn’t adequate to meet my goal of sub-4. So I scaled back my goals. After all that hard work, I didn’t want to finish disappointed. I had never done this before, but I made A, B, and C goals. One of them was to finish strong ( no matter what time) and run a race I could be proud of. I wanted to quit at mile 14, but I talked myself through it and yep, ran a race that I felt great about.

    You will finish–it just may not be the race you envisioned. Do your best. And remember only 0.5% of the population will ever run a marathon. Keep it all in perspective!

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    1. Lauren Post author

      Thanks for your thoughts Wendy! I think I will make some ABC goals for myself too, then it won’t be all or nothing and I can still be happy with whatever it is I achieve. Thanks for the encouragement!

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