Things are really starting to pick up with marathon training. I'm not sure why, but over these past couple weeks the mileage has finally started to feel "real." The mid-week runs are up to 7 miles now - given they only climb to 8, I feel like I'm almost there.
Of course we ran 15 miles for our long run last weekend, given us another 7 weeks to build an additional 5 miles. Maybe its been so long since I've done 20 I've forgotten how daunting it is, or else my body has just grown accustom to the mileage.
Last round - Covenant 2014 - I didn't even complete a 20 miler. 4 weeks before the race I ran the Whitestone 30K, rounding my mileage up to 19. Then the week of the 20, I chose to ran my annual South Carolina half marathon instead. Intending to add miles before or after, but they just never happened.
Part of me is nervous. Historically I've PRed at every marathon I've ran. Each time I've progressed leaps and bounds as a runner, so naturally my time has improved. As my body has adjusted, 26.2 seems more natural. BUT
What if that's not the case for this race? What if I train more than I've ever trained before and my result falls short of my hopes?
I suppose the optimist would view it as a win/win. Either I do get faster, proving to myself that dedication to a training plan can pay off.
I realize that my body doesn't require as high mileage in order to run the distance, leading to me running more marathons, whilst training less.
Before anyone says it - yes, I know I think/stress/worry to much about a hobby that's supposed to be fun. I'm trying to just enjoy the experience, and for the most part I'm succeeding. Every now and again, however, those pesky little doubts pop up.
So - what's on your mind this weekend?
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