Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thoughts on Marathon Training

I think I've officially hit that point in my training when I question why I ever wanted to subject myself to such torture.

Why did I think running a marathon was a good idea??

Wait, let me rephrase that -- why did I think training for a marathon in the middle of summer was a good idea??

I've gained a lot of confidence over the last couple of weeks, and my long runs have been going really well lately, but I'm definitely remembering why I hated running when we first started.

It probably has more to do with everything else that's going on in my life right now than the actual running. I mean, who can focus when there's cute baby stuff to look at??

Even though my tempo and speedwork runs haven't been great lately, I have been getting my long runs done, and I can tell I'm building endurance. I don't like that I've been pushing the pace on my long runs, but I feel like I can get away with it since running is easier on a treadmill.

I just wish I had more success running outside. I would definitely feel better about things if I could go bust out a 6 mile tempo run without having to stop and walk, but this heat and humidity we've had lately has been killer.

It looks like the average temperatures in September in Dayton are in the mid- to upper-70s -- I really hope that's true! Otherwise I might have to re-evaluate my goals for this race...

I'm putting this out there to remind anybody else in a similar situation that there will be low points in training. It's the nature of the beast. What matters most is how you deal with it. I might have to do more of my runs at the gym, but if that's what it takes to get back on track then that's what I'm going to do.

Either way, I'm excited to set a new personal distance record this weekend -- 18 miles! -- even if it does have to be on a treadmill.

At this point I feel like getting the run done properly on a treadmill will be more beneficial than trying to do it outside in the heat and humidity (and changing it from a tempo or speedwork run into a "run as much as possible" run). And I need to remember there's a big difference between mid-70s and mid-90s, so running outside to "get used to it" isn't really necessary.

So for anybody else out there training for something, I hope it's going well. And even if it's not, just remember that it's the things we challenge ourselves for that are most worthwhile.


  1. I had to back off of my (5K) training because my shins were *killing* me and I was having some back issues. Now I'm ok to start running again but I've been putting it off because it is so hot. I feel lame now - if you can train for a marathon in this weather, I should be able to handle 3 little miles...

    1. Do you have good shoes? Every time I've gotten injured has either been from pushing too hard too fast (and not sticking to my training plan), or not having good shoes.

      In fact, I went back and got re-fitted for shoes a month ago and it turns out that I'm actually 1/2 size smaller than I thought!


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