5 things I love about marathon training.
It just started this week in fact! Seriously, I have been looking forward to it as soon as I got into my "A" marathon and get a goal.
It feels good to have a "plan" again. Without one, I kind of flounder. I run here and there, but mostly junk miles. No speed work, no long runs. I haven't even hit double digits since my last half in April. That's sad for me.
I think I've lost some fitness. At least cardiovascularly speaking. Pure barre has been great for toning, but it does not mimic the intense heart rate that running provides. I kind of feel like I'm starting from scratch sometimes.
This year's marathon season holds my biggest challenges yet. A time goal for my November race, to finish the Dallas Marathon strong after the abysmal outing I had there two years ago, back to back FULL marathons with 5k warm ups on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, did someone say ultra?
In some bizarre way, I look forward to those 16, 18 and 20 mile training runs. I always do them on the weekend's my son is not with me to avoid the mommy guilt, but there is something I get excited about leading up to them. Perhaps I just like to watch TV uninterrupted?
Food. Not that I don't eat the rest of the year, but I kind of feel like I can get away with a little more when I'm running 30 miles a week. I don't feel bad about eating those cupcakes or snacking all day. While I'm really trying to hone in on nutrition this year, I'm human, and yes, I run so I can eat. Cupcakes mostly.
Have a great weekend!!