I’ll be honest, I haven’t been the best or most consistent about marathon training. I’ll drop a day or two and then it becomes a week (sometimes more). I got sick last month and was derailed for a WHILE. On Sunday, I did a ten-mile run and now my shins really don’t like me. At first, I was positive it was just initial soreness, but attempting to run last night, I made it about a mile before they became pretty uncomfortable.
My apprehension is running so much that I end up injuring myself, giving myself shinsplints or worse. I set out to go run a trail today, only to get to the park as it was closing. No run. I have every intention of getting up early in the morning to try to run before work. I’ve never been successful at these kinds of plans, but as September closes and I creep closer to my October 30 marathon, I’m more and more committed to crossing the finish line.
The challenge and difficulty with running is that in many ways, it’s very inconsistent. I’ve never been good about keeping a pace, especially if I’m taking walk breaks — taking walk breaks meaning I can recover, but it also means I’m more likely to push the tempo when I am running.
I really, really, REALLY want to do this race, but part of me is wondering if maybe it wouldn’t be a good idea to skip the October race and focus on getting in shape for Big Sur training.
I dunno . . . It’s just a thought, but I’m a little discouraged with so little time left and the fact that I have only scratched at the surface of long runs. I haven’t decided what to do, but for now I’m trying to remain optimistic and believe in myself. (Plus, my training is giving me some sexy legs — not ready to relinquish that just yet.)
Thoughts? I’m open to all opinions — I don’t want to get hurt, but I’m trying to decide if it’s wiser to push myself for 7 more weeks or if I should call it a wash (the race doesn’t even have a finisher’s medal – a little ridiculous, if you ask me . . . if I’m going to run 26.2 miles, you should give me some bling, please).
Seriously, I’d love some advice here . . .
I’m posting this video because I love it and it makes me happy — it’s definitely on my favorite running playlist.