That’s it. We are talking a little over a month. That’s nothing? Right?
It’s a lot.
I’m halfway through my 11th week of training, and can faintly see the finish line in the distance. But I would much rather close my eyes and go back to sleep.
I like to think that everyone goes through this feeling of burnout during their first marathon training (or any marathon training). I’d describe burnout as the feeling of reaching one’s running maximum.
It’s not that my runs are painful or unsuccessful. They are actually going really well. Between Apollo and Team RWB I have running buddies helping me every step of the way.
It’s just increasingly more difficult to spend X hours a day working out as my runs get longer and longer. Therefore my main focus has been running. It makes me miss lifting, cycling, yogaing, etc.
My brother (he is running the marathon with me) and I have started talking about it more often, and we’ve come to an agreement:
We just want to run the marathon.
No more training runs. No more practice trials. No more waking up at 500am on a Saturday to fit in a long run before the actual weekend begins.
Just driving to Rochester, lacing up the running shoes, throwing on a camelbak, and hacking away the miles one by one.
Yet, as I already said, there are 37 days.
And you know what? I’m going to make it.
Of course I’m tired and ready to run the race, but the only thing that’s going to get me there is digging deeper and finding the inner strength to keep going. And when I can’t find the motivation, I’m lucky enough to have a circle of friends and family who can cheer me on.
That’s not to say I shouldn’t or haven’t taken some cautionary steps. I’ve skipped some runs, run less than I was suppose to, and started incorporating other non-running related workouts around my training schedule. Just because I’m working towards a goal doesn’t meant here’s one way of reaching the finish line.
Running, to an extent, is mental. Our bodies are capable of incredible feats. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen to what your body is telling you. Mine was saying run less, not do less … so for this week, I’m listening.
I’m making up for my shorter runs with other workouts that I’m excited about. I’m hoping this will reignite the enthusiasm I had when I started.
At the end of the day, I know what I want. I WANT to run this marathon. I WANT to finish my training schedule. And I WILL, but right now it’s my time to re-evaluate, dig deeper, and move forward with a new spark.
Whether it is training for a race, sticking to a new work out plan, or revamping your diet, remember what made you want to work towards the goal before you.
“It’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be worth it.”