In just under 3 weeks, I will run my second full marathon! I can hardly believe that it’s time to taper! I’m not sure why but last year, my marathon training seemed to take so much longer. Maybe it’s because I was afraid to stray away from my training plan or because it was my first time running more than 13 miles. Maybe it’s because I have made more running friends and it’s been easier to find company to join me on my runs. Maybe I’ve just been so busy with the kids and work and running that time has flown by! Maybe I am just crazy! I can’t explain it but here I am, the day after my 20 miler, feeling good about my training and ready to set a new personal record on October 11th!
I can’t say that training was any easier this year. I followed the Hal Higdon Novice 2 program instead of the Novice 1 program that I used last year but I used the program only as a guide and adapted it to meet my scheduling needs and races. Training for a marathon (or any race) is not easy. It takes time, commitment, and perseverance. It helps to have friends who run but don’t worry if you don’t have running friends. Once you start running, you’re bound to find a running buddy or two.
Training for a marathon also takes strength and determination. While training, you’ll have to ward off feelings of insecurity (Can I really do this?); mommy-guilt (I should be doing X, Y, and Z with my kids instead of going on this 3 hour run); and sacrifice (I could have slept in but instead I got up at 5 a.m. to run). You will be exhausted and sore at times. There will be days that you need to run but don’t want to. You will want to quit. You will walk sometimes instead of run. It’s okay! When you come home from your weekly long run, you won’t get a medal or cheering crowd. You may get a “how’d it go?” from your spouse or running buddy but otherwise, you will simply log the miles as done and move on to the next run in your training plan. For me personally, the 18 weeks before the marathon is the hardest part. The race is hard but will be over in a matter of hours, not months.
I’m ecstatic that my marathon training is almost done. I am so excited for my race! I am so happy to have the Runitlikeamom community to share my journey with and I want to thank everyone, especially my family, fellow bloggers and runner friends, for the support and encouragement along the way! I also want to encourage anybody considering running a race to make the commitment, register, and train. Make it happen. Find the time and do it for yourself. Let your kids see you set a goal and bust your bum to reach it. Your hard work and sacrifice will pay off come race day. I promise!
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