I am feeling rather underdone, under cooked and if I was a piece of chicken you might be concerned with getting salmonella poisoning.
I am realising that one of the amazing things about training for a marathon is how much you LEARN even when it is not your first time. This is my third training cycle for a marathon and you would think that I know what I am doing.
(just a little Donald O’Connor reference from Singing in the Rain for you, but I digress).
So what I have learnt this time around is:
- That my particular body needs a longer time to build up to the distances as compared to what many of the marathon plans say will work.
- I can’t afford to focus on increasing my protein intake for fear of dropping my carbohydrates as I just can’t run long if I don’t get enough.
- Getting sick and going away for a weekend when 7-8 weeks out from the marathon is very poor timing in terms of my base building.
- I need at least two days to recover from my long runs regardless of distance or perceived fitness.
- Dropping out of swim squad to make more time for running is actually detrimental to my running. Go figure.
- Long distance running has no effect on my baby belly (the kids are probably a little too old for me to be holding on to that one but never mind).
- Staying focussed on my long runs is important but they are not the be all and end all – I have to do speedwork in order to improve my times and leg strength and this sometimes means sacrificing my mid-week mid-distance runs which is a huge source of frustration.
- You can never do enough hill training/stair climbing EVER. It continues to hurt.
And I have been reminded that I am a slow runner and do you know what? I don’t care. I really don’t care. Truly.
I have been reading Ben Kaplan’s ‘Feet don’t fail me now’ (great book) and it reminded me that your time for a marathon is not worth much at all compared with the actual doing of a marathon.
Remember: THIS IS MY HOBBY!
With all the ups and downs that I have had in my life during this training cycle it has been less than ideal. I am working more and dealing with greater demands in my life than I have for some time, and that impacts on my stamina and mindset.
I feel very underdone, under cooked for facing the hills of the Great Ocean Road in just over four weeks time. But what the hell! This is my hobby. I love running and I am going to head out on my big, long run this weekend with a smile on my face. It just might be disguised as a grimace. He he.
It is going to hurt. That is all.