Sorry, no pictures just a lot of rambling today...
I’m pretty much in the grind of training right now. My whole body is just tight and sluggish from the cumulative effects of marathon training. Add to that, life is just getting busy for us right now. Work always keeps me busy, the sports program at our church is ramping up, and kids are getting ready to start all their activities. Life happens!!
This past weekend was a really great break and I 100% enjoyed every minute of our family time. Now since I was sick a few weeks ago, it feels like I’m having to push through to get myself out there to run. I hit the mountain on Tuesday and overall had a pretty solid run but I felt a little out of control on the descent. Legs weren’t really reacting the way that I’m used to so I had to pull back on my pace and really focus on my foot placement so I didn’t lose any teeth or go flying off the mountain lol. Honestly I feel out of shape if that makes any sense!!
I’m roughly two and a half weeks out from the marathon and I know it’s going to be here in no time. I’m confident that I’m in much better shape than I was when Vegas rolled around but I still have some concerns.
Concern #1 - I still haven’t hit that big 20 mile run and really hope that I can knock that out this weekend. Since Vegas I’ve hit three runs over 15 miles but I don’t think that’s enough. Granted, each of those runs had 1000-2000 feet of elevation gain which helps a ton but nothing is better than flat out having your legs work through 20+ miles of running.
Let me apologize ahead of time, this is a bit of a mind dump…
Concern #2 - I have no idea what my plan is going into this run. Although, coming out of the half marathon last month, maybe I should run all my races without a plan and just see how my body shows up that day lol. Honestly, this is really looping in my head because I’m not sure how I want to mentally prepare for this race. Vegas was an epic disaster and I’m almost guaranteed (of course illness and injury is always a risk) to have a much better race than Vegas. I know on the extremely conservative side I can come in around 3:30 – 3:45 and that would be immensely better than Vegas. So the thing that I’m struggling with is how much effort do I truly put into this race??
For me this is the redemption run and anything under 4 hours would be a success. As I look into the future of my running, I consider the next huge milestone for the marathon to be cracking 3 hours or chasing a BQ finishing time. I don’t see any of those happening in two weeks. In my mind cracking 1:40 in the half marathon was a huge accomplishment and was worth every bit of effort I had to throw down last month. Being in the 1:30ish range tells me that sub 3 hour in the marathon is possible. With that said, I don’t see the same accomplishment in a marathon time around 3:15, 3:30, or 3:45. So a part of me feels like I should take things conservatively, have a really smooth run, and just enjoy this run as much as possible. As much as you can enjoy 26.2 miles right lol.
I don’t know, you guys let me know what you think. It’s not to the point that I’m driving myself crazy but still very undecided about how to handle this. Then again there could be a lot of eye rolling and feedback would be just shut up and run your race lol. Of course I’m happy to take that feedback as well, plus it would be pretty funny if someone actually posted a comment like that lol.