Yes, the countdown has already begun.
This is round two for me when it comes to Philadelphia Marathon attempts. The difference between last time and this time…this time I am GOING to run it! Yes, I will!!!
And I have a plan:
Strategy: Start off slow and then back off!
In all seriousness though, I really do feel like if I keep up with my training the way I have been, I will be a marathon finisher no matter what come November 20th!
I am sure that over the next six months, I will be full of questions and concerns about running my first marathon. I anticipate ups and downs- days of feeling great and days of feeling like crap. I know there will be some anxieties. I know I say finishing is my only goal but I also know I will have finish times in mind. I know I will think about every little detail leading up to the race. I already have my training schedule. I have a decent grip on what I want to do nutritionally. I have all of you seasoned marathoners- trust me, your posts are going to be monumental to my training. But what I have most right now, that I have honestly never had before with my running…is confidence. And I think we all know that confidence is key!
There are only two things plaguing me currently:
*Fear of injuries- I don’t think I will ever not worry about injuries. From day one of running, I have had issues- knee, shin, hip, calves, feet…you name it. It is only natural for me to worry about re-injury, which is why I am taking every possible step to stay uninjured. I honestly cannot do more than I am doing…stretching, rolling, icing, wearing compressions…I have it all down, now my body just needs to stick with me!
*Long Distance Training- I can visualize myself starting at the line and crossing it again hours later when I finish. But the idea of training those 16, 18, 20 and 22 mile runs seems insane to me! When I think about those training runs, I get completely overwhelmed. What route will I run? Should I do an out and back or a loop? What nutrition will I take? Where will I carry it? What if I need a bathroom? What if the boredom kills me? Questions like that run through my head daily. I mean, things like nutrition and bathrooms are kind of taken care of for race day. Training is a whole different beast!
So runners- here is what I need from you: please share your long-distance training tips with me so I can calm myself down!!!!