Philly Marathon Training W11D1
I had to give myself what seems to be a no less than weekly pep talk to get out there today. I have mentioned numerous times how Hansons has you run so much in order to build up cumulative fatigue. However, I was of the impression that this was referring to physical. I am definitely building up physical fatigue, but also mental fatigue.
At least once a week I think I can’t go on. Physically (assuming I’m not hurt or sick), I have had and should not have any issues getting through any of my runs. And as I was feeling despair this morning, it wasn’t because of the 5 mile run I had ahead of me. It was just the thought of all of it. Yes, I only have 8 weeks left. But, when each week has 6 runs and will average 50+ miles for here on out, that equates to a whole lot of runs, a whole lot of early wake ups, and a whole lot of miles. And that can get overwhelming for me when I think of it that way. The funny thing is that while I’m doing the runs, they usually feel great (or at least good) and no matter what time I got up, it becomes a non-issue.
I know that this training plan is right for me. I know it is giving me the best preparation I can have to approach that start line. And I know that I am going to feel the positive effects that this training has on me while running that marathon and crossing that finish line. I just need to live in the moment and not think of how much is ahead of me and I should make it through the training just fine. And that is another lesson I can take with me to the marathon to not think about how daunting 26.2 miles are. Just take it one mile at a time and before I know it the finish line will be within reach. So, I will try to just take it one day at a time with the training and before I know it another week of training will be behind me and that starting line will be within reach.
Target pace: 12:05-12:55
Actual pace: 12:30