This week finds me two weeks out from Christmas and six weeks out from my first full marathon and as Coach HoHo says …”it’s getting down to the nitty-gritty”! There was little to no ‘recovery time’ following last weekend’s girls trip for the PCB half marathon (race recap here) as there were quite a few miles waiting for me in my email inbox on Monday.
Week 14 Workouts:
- Monday: 45 min Spin Bike
- Tuesday: 5 easy miles Running – it was close to 80 degrees for this run
- Wednesday: 20 min each Rowing/Spinning/Lateral Elliptical – our new gym has some awesome ‘new to us’ equipment to play with…. and that lateral elliptical??? Oh my quads, hips and glutes!!
- Thursday: 5 progression miles – 42 degrees and windy, what’s up with Mother Nature??
- Friday: Rest and SNOW Day!!
- Saturday: 16 mile long run – holy cow, I did it …I really did it!
I’ll admit that at times, I want to be able to look at my training schedule weeks in advance like I used to do when I followed something I had printed off the internet. However, the further I get into this training cycle with Holly, the more I appreciate the value of a first time marathoner simply taking things one run at a time and only seeing the ‘big picture’ once it’s completed on race day.
I will also admit that when my 15 mile run fell completely apart at mile 13.75 causing me to have to walk the last mile (calves cramped up), I began doubting myself again that I could do this and seriously considered pulling the plug. Holly kept reminding me that the marathon is about endurance not pace and that it requires a greater degree of mental strength than physical. Sweet Tricia just kept saying ….’you’ve got to trust the training process, T” Where would any of us be without running friends who’ve pounded out many a mile on the same road we’re on to talk us down from our ‘running ledges’!
While I have yet to run my race, I can honestly say that I am finally beginning to see the sense in and results of marathon training. In the past, it would typically take me about two days to recover from a half marathon. PCB was the first half marathon I’ve run that I walked away from the finish line without limping. I was amazed at how much stronger I felt upon finishing 13 miles! That’s not to say it was easy and I certainly wasn’t setting any records, but I didn’t feel like trash when I finished. And Saturday, I went in to my 16 mile long run with a positive mind-set, trying not to get all mental around mile 14 where I had cramped up the last time ….and it went remarkably well! Yes, I was slow as molasses and yes, I hit a wall around mile 14.5 where I just wanted to be done …but after a quick text to my #southernsolesisters, a little bit of self talk and a few extra swigs of Tailwind, I found a second wind and finished strong.
I have no idea what race day will bring, no one ever does ..anything can happen. But I do know that I’m not only training my body for the endurance to run 26.2 miles, but I’m also training my mind to dig deep and tap into reservoirs of strength, to get me through 26.2 miles, that I never knew existed.
I’m trusting the process to get me to the starting line ….and the rest is up to me!
I’ll wrap this up with a few snow pictures …. yes I know, you all have been laughing at us getting all excited down here over a few inches of snow, but it really is such a treat for us Southerners that we just can’t help ourselves!
Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one week at a time!