Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tougher Than I Thought...

Marathon training.  It is tougher than I thought it would be.
I mean, I knew it would be tough, but there is a lot of running involved! I know, you are saying, what? You have to run alot in  a marathon?  Who would have thunk it? The training alone is such an increase in mileage compared to when I was training for a triathlon. It is a little frightening also to see on my training schedule that I have 18 mile runs coming up or that I will be doing 40+ miles in a week. According to my training schedule, I will have to buy more shoes before my race! I usually run about 250 miles on a pair of shoes before I get new ones, and I do not think my Glycerins will make it before December 3!

I also have concerns about not injuring myself with this increase in mileage. I know about the 10% rule and I am not even coming close to following it. So I will really have to listen to my body and will have to have the discipline to cut short a run or give me extra day of rest if I need it, I mean I am not 25 anymore!

But you know, in a way I think running this marathon will be an awesome experience. I also really think I am starting to like the longer distance races more than the shorter ones. Somebody asked me the other day if I still ran 5K's and I said not really with a little bit of a laugh in the answer. I then wondered why not? Why not run more 5K's? I think I can answer it. I am not fast, and with longer distances, it seems like finishing is more of a accomplishment and no one cares about the time, except you the racer. Who knows?

Anyways, I am going to enjoy thid time that I get to run. I expect it will help my overall run on any distance I choose. I have a scheduled 16 mile on Saturday that I m nervously, but anxiously looking forward to, it will be an experience for me. I will tell you all about it wen I am done!

Thanks for reading!


  1. 5k's suck - they just hurt so bad!

    Wait until you have a few 40mi weeks under your belt and you start to feel awesome. IT is a cool feeling.

  2. I agree the longer distances take the emphasis off the time which is nice.

  3. Yes, there is definitely a lot of running involved in marathon training. haha. LOVE THIS POST! I have the Marine Corps marathon in a few weeks....and I’m not really digging all the mileage as much as I used to. Good luck on your long run tomorrow!!!


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