We are 16 days out from NYC Marathon…and I’m really nervous.
I haven’t ran the past 4 days. One of my friends was like, that is not a big deal! Muscle memory, etc.
But I am really worried! I missed a 4×1.5 mile workout and a 10 mile tempo workout. I plan on doing the tempo run tomorrow…but I hate that I low on my mileage this week, and had to skip runs due to my shin pain. I did do cross training. Monday, I rode the bike, and yesterday I pool ran for over an hour (SO BORING).
I am going to lay out my worries, because I think writing/expressing them will help:
1) I’m worried that I’m losing fitness…I know that I really wont in just 4 days BUT I’ve had to miss a few days in the past 2-3 weeks due to this pain, and I’m scared of it all adding up.
2) I’m scared that I won’t be able to finish in less than 5 hours, which is my ultimate goal. I feel like missing these runs are going to affect my overall time.
3) I’m scared my shin will hurt during the race and I won’t finish. Surprisingly, this is the least of what I’m worrying about but it’s still in the back of my mind.
Basically, I just want to run this marathon and feel good. Like I’ve said a few times before, in 2011, I ran my first marathon and was miserable. I was done by mile 17 and had to walk/run the rest of the way in. We were on track for a 4:55 marathon and ended up in 5:20. I felt bad that I held my mom back.
I know it had to do with fueling and hydration. I just want to finish this race feeling strong. Obviously I will be tired by the last few miles, but I want it to be “normal” tired, not exhausted and puking at the finish line, like last time.
This post was really random…and I just wanted to get these worries out there and hopefully hear from other runners who have gone through the same thing.
Did missing a few days affect you in the end? Or not really?
Were you really worried? How did you get over that?
I’ll leave you with something the Hanson’s tweeted me (I’m following their training plan). I needed to hear this!
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