This past week was a tough one for training. April has brought about all kinds of challenges unrelated to running, but it also brought about a few things that made me loose some of my previous enthusiasm about marathon training.
Like any good journey, this one has had quite a few twists and turn. Coming off a less than inspired week of training, I pulled out my Believe I Am journal and got to writing.
I read a few of the goals I wrote for myself back and February and I realize how far I’ve come since then. I’ve been working diligently from week to week and have been cruising through those little goals one by one.
Right now, I think my biggest accomplishment this training cycle is not burning out after eighteen weeks of training without racing. I haven’t raced a race since I ran the Richmond Marathon in November, and I haven’t had a pr since I ran Rock’n’Roll Philly.
Here are my SIDI goals from now until marathon #5
- Work on my weaknesses: mental game + self confidence
- Focus on the good workouts and learn from the bad ones
- Try to relax more on the long runs
- Turn on the light (read this if you too are struggling with your mental game)
I refuse to let my thoughts sabotage my goals. (*cue Beastie Boys)
What about you? Do you need to look at goals unrelated to specific workouts this week the same way I do?