It's not till early next year, about 16 weeks away. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little terrified. So, here we are again back to documenting my way to the marathon. Lets hope this one goes better then the first, and considering the first was great, that's a lot of pressure!
Week 3 of marathon training went much better than the first couple of weeks. Hallelujah!
Now, I feel like I’m finally getting on track with my plan. And, hopefully, it’ll stay that way. The hardest part for me in training is to keep my head straight and not let anxiety run high. I’m a worrier and so I will overthink every.little.thing. & get my stomach in knots over it.
It’s definitely been a roller coaster ride emotionally and mentally as there have been days where I’m uber confident about running, and then days I fear I’ll never run again. There has been sobbing meltdowns & there have been times I’ve laughed hysterically.
Here’s the thing.
Fear is normal.
Sadness is normal.
Panic is normal.
There is nothing wrong with those reactions. You have to accept your situation and how it makes you feel, but you do NOT have to submit to those negative reactions and ignore the possibilities that exist. I was embarrassed over how difficult I found running to be after a few months of not really focusing on it. All I can do from here though is put in the work, follow my routine, and enjoy the experience ahead. It’s much easier said than done, but there’s no point getting discouraged about not being where I once was.. I can sulk every day and refuse to see the changes that have happened over the last few months, or I can focus on the fact that there have been changes, albeit minor ones, but things aren’t getting worse.
This led me to thinking about consistency and how important it is to stick to my training plan. The two most essential pieces of marathon training are getting in at least one “hard” workout and one “long” run every week. Beyond that, there is some flexibility in my plan–and I have to live my life and do what’s right for me. That said, marathon training is a commitment and takes A TON of time, energy, and planning. Especially at the beginning, it’s incredibly important to set yourself up for success by creating a routine of good habits. If you start off by skipping runs and slacking on workouts, you’ll pay for it later on (been there done that!)
Like all good things in life, it’s all about finding the balance that works for you.
Here is to finding that balance and staying on track... because.... I want that marathon!.