Why is this so hard?
A big misconception is that marathon training should get easier over time. Reality is training for a marathon is and will always be difficult.
Over time certain elements become less daunting. For example, I know I am capable of running 26.2 miles. But, what I don’t know is if I’m actually capable of meeting the lofty goal I’ve set for myself.
While other elements of training – speed work, long runs, injury prevention and mind games are always a challenge.
I’m in the middle of my eight week of training and so far I’m not feeling like I’ve made much progress. My tempo miles are slower than they were this spring yet, I feel like I’m working harder than ever. The effort is there. I just hope the work translates to faster paces this fall.
My first seven weeks of training basically looked like this:
- 1-2 strength sessions a week (1 barre class + something else)
- 1 tempo run
- 1 easy run
- 1 long run
- 1 recovery run
Week 4 was an impromptu cutback week due to some personal stress and lack of sleep.
I know that true commitment to training lies in being dedicated to the details. Last week I saw my physical therapist, started adding in core work after every run, added in strides once a week and recommitted to foam rolling whenever possible.
Now that I’m in the thick of marathon training, I’ll start to post regular training updates. I’m also tracking all my training runs on Strava. If you’re a strava user, let’s connect!