When I completed my first marathon in 2014, I thought to myself that the actual run wasn’t the hard part, the training was. The NYC Marathon is an experience – the crowds are amazing and for many of us, it is a dream to run a race in New York! I had a great time that day and thought that sure, I would attempt another marathon one day. It took awhile, but now I’m back in another marathon cycle and looking forward to running the Ottawa Marathon in about 5 weeks. The next three weeks are big build weeks and I have to be honest that I cannot wait for the build to be over and into taper mode. I am starting to remember a few things about marathon training that I let escape from my memory.
As I mentioned in my training recap posted on Monday – I ran my 20K last week and almost exactly the same speed of my 2014 one. A big difference is how I felt – my legs did not hurt as much, I wasn’t as bored and overall had a bit more confidence. Yesterday, I was supposed to run 23K, but because my morning class was extended by 30 minutes, I had less time to run before my PM staff meeting. I only got 21.1K completed and I felt just a bit bummed about it. Today, I looked over my 2014 training and wouldn’t you know that in 2012, I skipped my 23K long run because it was run during the Army Run where it poured rain. When I was done the half, I was so soaked that I couldn’t run anymore (despite it being a strong half). I’m not at all concerned about my mileage for this training cycle. I’m a bit off from mileage due to my steady/tempo runs being a bit on the short side, but I have to do what I have to do. I’m not risking having my left leg blow out because of a couple of extra KM’s. I’m not trying to BQ, just trying to complete another marathon in one piece (and hopefully PB!).
A side effect from training for a marathon is being tired and constantly wanting to eat. I am remembering how easy it was to fall asleep during the 2014 cycle. Right now, I’m falling asleep so easily and as far as I know, not waking up at all during the night. I do wish I could stay up later than 10pm, especially on the weekends! I’m eating lots of food lately too. Long runs are usually followed by a huge meal (or two) and I’m hungry every couple of hours. I’ve tried to cut out more of the sugary-junk foods and eat fruits, veggies and nuts/seeds. I still have the occasional dessert. This time I’m trying to pay more attention to being hydrated and a couple of weeks before marathon day, I will be cutting out alcohol, fast food and basically anything that could upset my GI system. After I finish the marathon, the first stop (after the medal) will be the Beau’s Beer Garden!
I’m not as nervous this time about finishing. I will always worry about having another GI malfunction that will cost me time. Right now, I could run super slow and still PB by a significant amount of time. The half I ran yesterday was a bit on the fast side at 2:18. Although not anywhere near a half PB, if I ran that speed for a marathon, that would mean a 4:36 marathon. Don’t think I’m quite ready for that yet and my post-tib tendon said that I shouldn’t do that again. I’m going back to my 5/1’s (or maybe 5/30secs) for this weekend’s long run to ensure that my left leg cooperates. I also moved up my massage appointment from Tuesday to Friday as it has been 3 weeks since my last appointment and that is a bit too long.
Ottawa Race Weekend will be here soon! The whole weekend is a ton of fun – from the Thursday to the Sunday. The expo is fantastic and there are so many runners from Toronto coming up (including a number of STWM digital champions). It will be like a mini reunion! Although, I will be seeing many of them next weekend at the Mississauga Half Marathon. May is looking like a great running month!
Hope you have a great Wednesday!