I always have a hard time committing my first month of marathon training.Â
Itâ€™s kind of boring to me. Having run a bunch of halfs and fulls, ramping up my mileage doesnâ€™t excite me until I get to past 13.1. Once Iâ€™ve run longer than a half, thenÂ itâ€™s a little more exciting.Â
So Iâ€™ll take inspiration wherever I can get it.
Then I went on a date last night with a fellow runner, and we geeked out about marathons and PRs, etc, and I told him my goal (sub-3:50) and my current PR (3:56â€¦three years ago.)Â
OH! You can totally do that, he said. â€œIt wonâ€™t be easy, it will be hard work, but youâ€™ve done it before.â€Â
This morning, I had yoga on my schedule. I woke up with killer cramps and snoozed hard, and then just had an annoying morning â€” Bailey being a brat, got to work to find out our site had crashed and had to deal with unhappy customers on social media.
I left work with a soul (or skull?) crushing headache but with a class reserved at Laughing Lotus.Â I laid on my couch with my eyes closed for a few minutes and contemplated, again, bailing.
I thought of what this dude said. I thought of Kellyâ€™s training. I thought about how successful race training is notÂ just the running. I thought of how I told a friend the other day I really wantedÂ to do more yoga. I thought of how itâ€™s usually just easier to do the damn thing than to make excuses. I really want to meet my goal on November 12, and not wish I had trained harder/better.
And then I got my ass off the couch and went to yoga. I told myself I could leave if my head didnâ€™t feel any betterâ€¦but what do you know? About 1/3 of the way into class, my head started feeling better.
And I left class with a total yoga high and, per usual, wondering why I donâ€™t yoga more.
What are the non-running things you do to help during race training? What do you do/tell yourself to psych yourself up?