While training for NYC – I’ve been reading many other blogs with bloggers running their first half or full marathons. NYC is the first weekend in November, but a few marathons are right before it, namely Toronto Waterfront and Chicago. The STWM (Toronto) is two weeks before NYC, so while training for my own marathon, I kind of get a snapshot of what other runners are dealing with as they are ahead of me on their training schedules. I am just approaching the halfway mark of my 16 week plan – I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I know I have a few insane weeks ahead of me.
Many runners have commented about missing long runs, having aches and pains, having to drop out, or just general ‘blah’ feelings about running. I would say that many first time marathoners have a period in their training where the blahs occur. You wonder why in the world you are doing this. You wish that you could spend more time binge watching your favorite Netflix show rather than running. You cringe when you see long runs heading into the 18 mile/30KM mark. To be frank, you just plain hate running.
I am positive that once we all get through this mid-point hump, that we will get excited about whatever marathon we are training for. For me, I just have to get through those three really long, long runs and I’m good. My longest run occurs on Thanksgiving Weekend, so you know I am excited to eat a massive plate of Thanksgiving goodness after my run (which by the way parental units – surprise, I shall be disappearing for 3+ hours).
Many runners tend to doubt whether they can run an entire marathon, especially since training plans do not typically go beyond the 20 mile/32KM mark. But – experienced marathoners keep telling us that it will be ok and to trust your training. I’m sure that I can make it the full 26.2 miles – it may get ugly at the end, but I’m sure I can do it.
So – let’s keep at it fellow marathon trainees!