Marathon week is here!! Honestly though, I really don’t feel like I’m running a marathon this weekend OR even leaving for Chicago on Thursday. It probably won’t hit me until we actually land in Chicago.
This will be me and my mom’s first time in Chicago AND first time running a race outisde the tri-state area. I have had my doubts (still do) but I keep telling myself that the training is done and to think of Sunday as just another long run I need to do this week…a 26.2 mile long run :-O
Here’s what we did last week:
Tuesday: Last real workout. 1 mile warm up, 1/2 mile in 5:05, break, 1 mile in 10:30 (was supposed to be 10:20 but we ran on the roads and this part was hilly), break, 1 mile in 9:50 (was supposed to be 10:00 but felt good!). 1 mile cooldown.
Thursday: 8 miles. Last long-ish run. Goal was 10 but we were outdoors and it was raining/cold. Coach Marc had 8-10 on the plan so 8 was ok…would liked to have done 10 but oh well.
Friday: Recovery 3 miles
Saturday: Off. Meant to run 4 miles but was up at 5 am for an XC meet in PA, didn’t get home until 4 pm, and was exhausted. Figured if I want rest, taper time is the time to do it!
Sunday: Easy 3 miles. I actually felt really good on this run. I know it’s because of the tapering but felt like I could run forever! Averaged 10:19 pace for this which would be nice if I could do that in a marathon, but definitely will be starting off much slower on Sunday.
As you all know, I have had my doubts this whole training period. Many weeks I wanted to hit 40 or so miles but I never did. Closest I got was 37. I felt like I wasn’t running enough BUT I also did not want to force myself because the reason I would take days off or run less was because of shin pain.
My longest run was 17 miles, and most of my runs were in the 13-15 mile range. I believe you don’t need to run 20 miles in practice. I ran 18 as my longest before NYC Marathon in 2013 and PRed by 30 minutes. I prefer running until I hit 3 hours. I did not hit 3 hours this training round (I did hit 2:45), so who knows. I mean 2:45 is not that far off from 3 hours right?
Here is what I’m afraid of:
- Really struggling the second half. I mean we all struggle, but just feeling like I did in 2011. I NEVER want to feel that way in a race again.
- My shin pain getting to be too much or hurting right when we start the race.
- I’m not afraid of not finishing, I think I can finish (KNOCK ON WOOD) so I’m just keeping that in mind right now. I WILL finish – time doesn’t matter. Well, it does matter but I will be happy just finishing.
Here is what I’m telling myself to boost my confidence:
- Thinking of it as “just” a 26.2 mile long run this weekend that needs to get done.
- I trained for 18 weeks and although my mileage was lower than I would like, I would say I was consistent with running 5 days a week.
- Just taking it mile by mile and enjoying the crowds and scenery. Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC made a good point on her blog which resonated with me: I am lucky to even be able to run 26.2 miles. THAT is what matters most…and the fact that I am able to do it with my mom!
If you’re running Chicago this weekend or a race in general good luck! If you have any words of wisdom or pieces of advice on the course, racing, mental strength, please leave a comment!
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