Are We Having Fun Yet?

The last few days I have had to put my running in check a bit.  I am discovering that training to run a 3:35 marathon is HARD.  Guess I knew that all along but this plan, which is actually for a 3:30 finish, is a LOT of running.  I do not want to get run down before I even reach race week so I am placing a new eye on my training plan and gauging how I feel each day.  Running almost every day, is in all honesty, a bit boring.  I cannot believe I said it but it’s true–even I, a runner, need some workout variety!  If I miss a four mile run here or there it’s ok as long as I’m working other muscle groups instead.  One fault I have of the plan is that it does not incorporate much in the way of cross-training; there is really only about one day a week that says cross-training is optional in place of the run–I think it should be in place of the run.  Perhaps this will change as I get further into the plan. 

So far this week I skipped two four-mile runs, but did manage to eek out a six-miler on Monday and an eight-miler this morning.  So all in all I still think that I am on track for a good marathon time–I just might have to be a bit more realistic about my expectations. 

I told myself this morning to enjoy the run, don’t worry about speed, but just enjoy!  I even stopped to take some photos.  So yes, I am having fun especially when I respect the rest my body deserves and needs.

Rave running spot looking down at the Four-Mile Run Trail in Arlington, VA

Early summer morning on the W&OD Trail

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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2 Responses to Are We Having Fun Yet?

  1. Jennifer says:

    I can totally relate and I’m not trying for a 3:35 marathon! I’m shooting for 4 hours or less in Mississippi in January and I’m only going to run 4 days a week and do strength/cross 2 days a week. Even though I was STOKED to be given clearance to run again, I had done so much P90X while I was waiting that I actually miss it. And yes, running does get boring. And then I feel guilty for being bored! Not good! So, I totally agree with what you’re doing. You do know your body and mind best, after all. 🙂

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