When I decided I wanted to try a marathon, I made a quiet promise to myself to do it, to make the marathon a goal. I made it my goal and then talked to a few friends during a run about having it become one of their goals to. Its always more fun to share these goals with people you enjoy so much. They took the challenge and reciprocated by challenging me with the duathlons and triathlons that I have been training for. This is all what I would call “healthy” pressure…positive pressure. I would have never tried any of these things if it weren’t for those friends.
Now what does that have to do with anything? (lets remember I'm having a bit of a rant here because not only can't I run, I'm home sick in bed lol)What I’ve been thinking is that although we decided on a goal together and I would love to train with them, my body is telling me that I can not do all the same workouts, all the same hilly routes. I’ve been coming to grips that if I want to do this marathon I may have to do a run/walk method. This doesn’t mean that I’m giving up before I started, it means that I am trying to learn how to train smarter. My goal is to finish the marathon-not to kill it or myself.
So what’s so hard about that? What’s hard is that I may have to take my own unique path to training for this marathon and that would mean not always running with my groupies. Its fun to run with your friends, its fun to plan together…especially the long runs, its exciting to talk about what you just did and how you felt. So,I feel some pressure, from myself only, to do everything exactly the same because I want to do everything the same. I copied out all the programs already for god sake! But at the same time I’m feeling sad because I think reality is telling me I’m not going to be able to do the same things at the same rate.
So here’s where I’m at: (after about 20 minutes of blog rant)
I want to try and figure out how I can train in a way that I will avoid future injuries, while also spending time with some of the people I enjoy most. May(the month training officially starts) is creeping up and I haven’t run in almost 3 weeks. I get nervous just saying that or shall I say typing it. I’m doing exactly what PT is telling me and I haven’t cheated with the NO running rule! I’m reading up as much as I can on different methods of training and on injury prevention. All I keep reading over and over is “listen to your body”….so that is what I am going to continue to do. No matter what, we will all be waiting for each other at the finish line…cheering each other on.
Training for a marathon is so not just a physical goal but it challenges you in so many other ways. It really simulates real life with some of the decisions you have to make….and realizing in the end that you have to be strong enough to do what’s best for you. I’m thankful that I have friends and family that I know will support me on this crazy journey I’m about to embark on…
Have you ever felt this way? Did you ever change your approach to training for a marathong? If you've been injured before what approach have you taken?