I am in the ramp up stage of my marathon training. For those who haven’t experienced it, let me describe it to you from my very personal experience.
It is a distinctive point in time where all the individual components of marathon training fly together like metal being attracted by Magneto’s power. Just like an X-men movie, you know Magneto’s presence isn’t a signal that things are going to be easy.
You have written your training plan flamboyantly adding numbers that increase in size directly proportional to the time passing.
The number of easy days available to you before serious training is required have come to an end.
Your speedwork, which has been a handful of sprints at the local park is no longer cutting it.
It is time to face the reality that you cannot say to yourself, I have plenty of time, it is ok if I do this run easy because I can make up for it next week.
No, it is time to pull on Magneto’s helmet and steel yourself mentally for the battles ahead.
That started for me on Sunday when I set out for my 22km run. Running anything more than a half marathon distance is a signal that you are in marathon training. Exciting and terrifying all at once. Especially since I know what it is to be at this time and place.
And I am afraid to say it was a little tough! I reminded myself that this is the time. This is the defining run. THIS IS IT. This is the run that makes you realise you are going to have to put in. Physically and mentally. Time to get used to the pain locker, time to reinstate the Jedi mind tricks, time to strengthen every fibre of your body.
I was quite tired on Sunday afternoon. I chatted to my son about my training plan and the weeks that I could see lying ahead of me with greater distances. He suggested the following for my training plan:
30km next weekend
35km the week after
then 50k followed by 100k.
Huh! Greatest training plan ever and perhaps useful if I was running Comrades.
He too has to learn one of the most important lessons.
Now that you have written it, you have to be able to get on and do it.
And THAT is the moment in which I now reside.