Im not doing well with this time before my marathon training. I don’t know how to act. My running is all over the place. I haven’t been eating like I plan to. It’s a weird calm before the storm I guess. My run yesterday made things worse, but then much better (I’ll explain).
I decided to see what my marathon pace would feel like. When I was training for my half, I ran at a 7:15 pace. For this #sub3 endeavor I plan to train at a 6:40 pace.
I set up to do my usual run at lunchtime. I work in downtown Denver, where I pretty much exclusively run along the Cherry Creek trail (pictured above and below).
The first mile was fine (it always is). After that I was a lost puppy. My body had no idea what my new marathon pace should feel like. Subsequently, I ran my second mile way too fast which left me with stomach cramps, and quickly opened the door for my worries to creep in.
At that moment I begin to question how I could be ready for a #sub3 run in May. I begin to doubt myself and worry that my goal was greater than my abilities. This was the first time that I had a felt that way.
Then I realized, it’s a marathon. I vastly underestimated how much of a grind this will be. There will be good days and bad, but I need to not get discouraged. Be confident (Chef Curry with the shot boi). Chin up now, pip pip (one foot in front other and all that)
Overall this proved to be a good pre-training run that taught me a valuable lesson. The biggest takeaway? This is going to be way harder than I imagined, but I need to keep grinding, because I know that I can get there. I was able to lean on my natural abilities to run my half in 1:32:36, but this new challenge will require much greater commitment. So chin up now, and as always lets #sub3.