Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Marathon Training - Week 16 (Rest Week)

Last week I didn't get the training in I was hoping to.

And I write it off because it was a rest week, but inside I'm kicking myself for skipping 2 of the 3 runs (for a total of 15 miles).

We've been really busy lately, but I'll really be upset if skipping these easy runs causes me to miss my goal of a sub-four-hour marathon.

I did manage to squeeze in 6.68 miles of a 7 mile easy run last Wednesday, but I definitely had to push the pace for that one to make sure I was back in time for Jen to make a meeting at work.

Instead of a 9:38/mile average, I ended up doing an 8:52, finishing in just under an hour (59:13).

I know I could have had a better run if I had gone out at a different time of day (remember that time I swore off running in the middle of the day in the heat??), but I'm just glad I did it. I was really hoping to do it without stopping, and I came pretty close to it -- I only stopped a few times to walk, but it was after I had already covered 5 miles.

This week isn't starting off so great yet (yep, I've already missed an easy 3 miles that I was supposed to do on Sunday), but there's still time to turn things around. This is my last week of building mileage -- next week I'll start tapering to rest up for the big day.

Unfortunately, this week is even busier than last week. B started school today, we have two weddings to get ready for this weekend (Friday and Saturday), we have to price all of the items we're going to sell in the Little Treasures sale (baby-related yard sale) since we have to drop everything off on Sunday... the list really seems to go on and on.

So finding the time to fit in close to 5 hours of running (plus everything that goes along with that -- showering, recovery, driving to the gym, etc) seems a little difficult right now, but I'm holding out hope that I can make it work.

Training for and running a marathon was something I honestly never thought I could do until this year.

Sticking to my training plan this past spring (not 100%, but definitely more than I ever have) is what made the difference and gave me the confidence to take it on.

And while I understood that it was going to be a big undertaking, I knew I could do it -- physically, at least.

Jennifer and I were just talking last week about how big of an investment big races are (specifically with the time the training takes). I think we were talking about Ironman, but it goes for races of other distances, too.

I think the majority of people understand what kind of commitment they have to make to their training in order to get their bodies ready for the race, but I don't think people think of everything else that goes along with the training. Sure, you might have a 2 hour run, but by the time you're done it's taken probably closer to 3 hours of your time.

I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to fit my long run in this week, and I'm okay with that. I'm going to try really, really hard (at least to get some kind of run in), but I'm going to be flexible. If I have to save it and do it next week and shorten my taper, then that's what I'll do. I don't think I'll be any less prepared for the race by doing that.

Mentally, I'm already starting to plan for my post-race life. I don't want to just stop running because the race is over. I want to keep running part of my life because it's something I enjoy, and it's a great stress-reliever. And it's something I really look forward to doing with the baby.

So yeah, even though I had another not-so-good week last week, I'm going to make up for it this week. Cause that's all I can do.


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