Wow, guess what is supposed to happen a month from today??
How am I feeling about it? Well, nervous for one thing. Today I started looking over my training plan(s) to see how I feel about where I am. Honestly, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried I'm under training a little for my marathon. I made up more than one Runner's World Smart Coach training plan (there's varying degrees of difficulty) and have been using them as a guide, but I've been making changes as necessary, doing it my way, and not following them 100%. I think my long runs are definitely in good shape, but my mid-week runs and cross training might be less than where they should be at this point.
- Time is a huge one. I honestly DO NOT KNOW how people fit in 8 mile runs during the week. I just don't feel like I have that much time to run on weeknights! I can put in around an hour of running (which usually translates to about 5 miles for me), but much more than that is difficult by the time I get home and everything else I have to get done before I go to bed! Plus, this time of year (holidays) there is so much going on that it's a struggle to fit everything in. Case and point- tonight I am cramming in my run tonight since I have a million things to do before my family gets here for our Christmas weekend tomorrow.
- I prefer not to run every day and try not to run two days in a row if I can help it. I have noticed that giving myself a day off in between runs helps me a lot and seems to be keeping me injury free, so I try not to stack runs back to back. The problem is this often means I only get in two runs (usually about 5 miles each) during the week and then my long run on the weekend, so I'm usually just doing three runs total a week. Is that enough? I'm not sure.
- It's FRIGGIN freezing outside lately (sub 35 degrees!!) and normally I have to run outside, in the dark, in the cold on a weeknight. I have been giving myself a break and calling it a success if I can get in 4 miles or so while contending with those difficult weather conditions.
- I've had a cold for a couple weeks. I've been on the fence about whether to push myself while kind of sick or not. I'm definitely afraid to make things worse.
Now that I'm a month out, I have about two more weeks of what should be "hard" running before the taper kicks in, so I think I'm going to try and ramp it up a little if I can. I also need to try to do more yoga/cross training/strength training if I can. Reading Emily's post reminded me that this is also essential to being a good runner. Ramping up my training may be difficult with my family visiting this weekend and Christmas next week. I'm going to do my best though! I need more hours in the day!!!!
I welcome thoughts and feedback from seasoned running veterans (which I know many of you are!!), so please let me know what you think!