Full Marathon training, this week will mark my first week. I used last week as a recovery week post half marathon training, with one 4 mile run on Friday. It felt just kinda ok, so I opted to rest my running legs over the weekend. Resting for me is challenging, but worth it as I'm feeling nearly 100% this Monday morning.
For my first full marathon, I am following Hal Higdon's Novice 2 training program. Hal Higdon has yet to lead me wrong as I used his programs to build up to each long distance over the past year, feeling strong and prepared on race day. I'm technically three weeks ahead of schedule as I've already run my half marathon, but I'm going to drop back and pick up with week 6. Currently, 12 weeks out from race day (oh snap that just got real).
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't intimidated by the marathon. I am. I'm scared of some of these long training runs. I know I can do it, but I'm still apprehensive. 8 mile weekday runs, sound like a lot of mileage to me. The big 20 mile training run has me shaking in my K Swiss. I remember feeling this way at the beginning of each journey to 10k training and then half marathon training. I'd be lying if I said I'm all rainbows and sunshine going into training for this race. I'm a little terrified. Sometimes when I'm in my car, I clock 26.2 on and it makes me so nervous I could pull out of this race all together. 26.2 miles is a long way ya'll. I don't drive that many miles in one day. I'm afraid I'll get injured. I'm afraid that if I do get injured, I'll be unable to work out, and then I'll gain weight. That I'll back slide into old behaviors.True confessions- that's my biggest fear associated with the marathon. These are all very real concerns I have.
However, for every fear, there is faith. Faith in my abilities. Faith in my determination to succeed. Faith in the training. Faith in how very far I have already come. I find the best things that have happened to me in life, have come from stepping into what I fear. Embracing fear, and finding that it ain't all that scary, and in those situations, I find myself growing stronger in every way.
Both fear and faith are propelling me into this next journey in my life. While, I can't predict the outcome, I know the experience will be life changing. Full marathon training round one, is officially under way!
Weekly Work Out Goals:
3 Mile Run
6 Mile Run
3 Mile Run
9 Mile Run