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.