Marathon Training is HARD

The past 4 months I’ve been spending a lot of time running. I’ve run farther than I ever have before and my weekly mileage just keeps going up. On June 1st I will be running my first (and probably only) marathon. I haven’t blogged much during the process because I haven’t been able to put words to the emotions and I’m just so tired all the time (and not sleeping well either).

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Running in Aruba

The last few weeks have been really tough for me. My 3rd pair of shoes (I hate when shoe companies update a shoe) of this training cycle was causing stress on a certain part of my foot which led to perineal tendinitis. I was almost 6 miles into my first 16 miler (and feeling really good) when I suddenly had a sharp pain in my foot. It hurt to even walk on it. I couldn’t run anymore but was over 2 miles from my car. I started limping towards my car (it was Easter Sunday) until a nice woman stopped and offered me a ride. I went to my sports massage therapist (who’s AMAZING) and he helped a lot. He knew what the injury was and recommended a podiatrist to confirm it. I spent the week on the bike and was cleared to run by the podiatrist by the weekend.

I’ve definitely been struggling with the higher mileage. I have been doing most of the runs alone and mentally it’s just tough. I’m not fast so these runs take me 4 hours or more. This past weekend my 18 miler took me 4:40. I had a breakdown at mile 12, called my mom and cried to her about how I couldn’t do this. At that point I was ready to just give up and do the half. But then I started to think about all the time and effort I’ve put into this. And I thought about how I would feel when I told people I gave up on my goal. Then I realized that I only have to be miserable two more times and I’ll be able to say I finished a marathon. I’m definitely not as prepared as I would like, but that’s due to injuries, not any lack of planning. My mileage is lower than I or my coach would like, but my lack of base and injuries have made it hard to add higher mileage without risking other injuries.

Next weekend I’ll be going for 21 miles. I will definitely be looking for a new route because I’ve definitely worn out the river trail the past two weeks.

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After 16 miles

This is just so hard but I want to cross the finish line so badly. And I have to control my emotions and win the mental race to get there. I struggle with the mental aspect EVERY run. The marathon is really where your mind plays a huge role and I just haven’t gotten my mind game right. I have self doubt every run, I know I haven’t been doing this very long and I’ve never really put the time in before. This time I’ve given it everything and I’m just not sure it’s good enough. I’m not a quitter though and I’m going to keep trying. Maybe something will click this weekend, or maybe I’ll be miserable, but I will cross that finish line June 1!

If you’re in Atlanta and want to keep me company for a few (slow) miles let me know! Or if you have a good 21 mile route with water stops give me ideas!

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