It’s been quite some time since I’ve done a SIDI post. During my longest training period of my life, I grew superstitious and needed to shut-up about marathon training. I’m feeling a bit that way right now, but I’m also trying to realize that the whole point of SIDI is accountability.
This past weekend I ran my first “real” miles in seven weeks. On Sunday, I huffed and puffed my way through six miles in Central Park.
When I first realized this ankle injury was real and was going to require more than a week or two of rest, I gave myself a cutoff date for deciding if I should run the Chicago Marathon or not. I decided that if I had less than 12 weeks to train, I’d settle for one fall marathon instead of two.
Well, Sunday was exactly twelve weeks from the Chicago Marathon and I ran six miles with virtually no pain.
Which means Chicago Marathon training is on!
I realize, I lost a ton of fitness in the past 6-7 weeks, but I’m okay with that. One of the many things I learned in the first six months this year is that you have to roll with the punches. As of right now, I’m planning on running my heart out in Chicago. The plan is to spend the next four weeks rebuilding a base, then spend the next six weeks building speed.
It’s an unconventional approach, but I’m not one for conventions.
Say it, Do it! July 22, 2013
I will commit to trying my best, running my hardest and smartest miles for the next 12-weeks. I will fuel my body with healthy foods and see what can happen when I put my mind to something. I also promise that if running this race will compromise my ability to run in the future, I won’t run this race.
It seems 2013 is a year of contrasts. The first half of the year was defined by the longest training plan ever and the second half of the year will be defined by my shortest marathon training plan ever. I hope you’ll join me in my crazy adventure!
What’s the shortest amount of time you’ve trained for a race? Have you ever ran two marathons that were less than a month apart?