This week, and the following two weeks are the most difficult parts of my marathon training, physically and mentally. I can’t explain it, and if you’ve run or trained for a marathon, you know. Physically I’m strong, actually I’m probably in much better shape than last year’s race, and faster, but basically I’m constantly eating, or trying to. Hasn’t been working out too well for me lately. Food has been making me sick lately. Mentally, that is where the real work and challenge begins to happen.
Last Saturday, I went out to run 16 miles, and I literally, out loud was like, “Why am I doing this??”. There is nothing sane about it. Let me be the first to tell you.
Next Saturday will be my longest run, and the both physically and mentally extremely challenging. Twenty miles. I’m trying to convince a few friends to meet me and ride bikes with me at least part of the way! (Please guys, seriously think about it! Emily’s response, always: “I don’t even like driving that far!”). It’s demanding, and I always want to give up, but yet, after finishing, it is one of the best feelings I’ve ever known.
I know I’m in for a real interesting time, thinking about the actual race. My training barely reflects what the actual marathon will be like. Not only is it international, but I will be battling jet lag, culture shock, not to mention the race begins at 3 a.m. (forget my “dress rehearsal” of doing everything exactly like the race- YEAH RIGHT!), and the conditions of the race will be extremely humid, and the air will be thick with pollution. Sorry, but there’s not really anyway I can really simulate that, nor would I want to even try.
Anyway, I’m not writing a blog to complain, though I could, but rather outlining the challenges, and knowing that as life too, you can prepare all you want, but until you are handed the cards, there’s no knowing what will happen.
Alright readers, happy trails to you. Let me know if anyone wants to run/bike with me Saturday!